Donald Edward Miller, 97
Donald Edward Miller, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the age of 97.
He was born to Edward and Hulda Miller on November 2, 1925, in Holmes County, Ohio. Don married Doris Jean Badertscher on May 12, 1948. She died January 31, 1992. On May 10, 1997, he married Erline Salsburey. She died on November 10, 2019.
He is lovingly remembered by his children Nancy Lee Miller and Barb (Phil) Hostetter both of Dalton, Karen Mareco of Columbus, Donna (Charles) Amstutz of Cincinnati, and Mark (Lisa) Miller of Akron, and step-children Larry (Annette) Salsburey, Santa Clarita, CA, Jack (Shelley) Salsburey, Kidron, Diane Salsburey, Orrville, Dan (dec) (Bonnie) Salsburey, Corsicana, TX. Don is also survived by nine grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and nine step-great grandchildren.
Don was a life-time member of Salem Mennonite Church, Kidron, OH, where he served as a youth advisor, music leader and Sunday school teacher. He was well known for his beautiful tenor voice, and he enjoyed singing in the church choir and various men’s groups and quartets. During World War II, Don served in the Army in non-combatant duty aboard the Aleda E. Lutz hospital ship. He attended Bluffton (OH) College both before and after his years of service. Don was also a well-known photographer with businesses first in Medina and later in Wooster, OH and Bluffton, OH. He also did photography locally for Dalton High School and community events. For many years he was also a volunteer firefighter for the Kidron Volunteer Fire Department.
Don will be especially remembered by his family for being a great Dad, raising his children in a household full of love, tenderness, fun, and laughter. He was a friend to all and was always ready to help anyone in need.
He was a faithful follower of Christ who read his Bible every day and especially loved Christian music of all kinds.
The family would like to especially thank the staff and nurses at Shady Lawn Nursing Home where Don resided for the last 3 years. And thanks as well to those at Life Care Hospice who tended to him in his last days.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 30 at 11:00 at Salem Mennonite Church near Kidron with Pastor Kevin Himes officiating. Burial will be at Sonnenburg Mennonite Church Cemetery following the service. Friends may call on Thursday an hour prior to the service from 10-11 am at Salem church. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling the arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be made to Central America Medical Outreach.Inc (CAMO), where Don spent many hours volunteering. Donations can be made in his memory online at www.camo.org or by check to Central America Medical Outreach 322 Westwood Ave., Orrville, OH 44667.