John C. Miller, Jr., of Millerstown, died May 31 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born January 7, 1961 in Rolla, MO to the late J. ‘Curt’ Miller, Sr., and Nancy (Purvis) Miller, John graduated from Cedar Cliff, where he played football under coach Bob Craig. He earned a BS in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University and 6 years later obtained a professional (mechanical) engineering license. John worked very hard for and was extremely proud of his MBA from Penn State, though he always remained a Mountaineer at heart. Despite many, John would say his greatest accomplishment in life was helping his wife, Brenda, raise three children who became honest, caring, and hardworking adults.
He retired after 30 years as a senior policy analyst for the Public Utility Commission, and was a long-time member of the Harrisburg YMCA, former member of Market Street Presbyterian Church and Highland UPC, where he served as an elder.
John will be remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit, knack for storytelling, and generosity. He enjoyed maintaining his yard and vegetable garden, college football, WVU basketball, NPR on the radio and the Sunday New York Times. He also loved relaxing on the patio in the spring sun/summer shade with a good book, and walks with his best friend, Joe. He most loved and enjoyed lunches at Nick’s with his “Mamie” and Don, and spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and mother, John is survived by his stepfather Donald N. Miller of New Cumberland, sister Lori Crum (Earle) of Harrisburg, children Ryan McLendon (Melissa) of Houston TX, C. Paul McLendon (Brandy) of Duncannon, and Carly Hess (Brad) of Lancaster, grandchildren Mason and Delaney McLendon, Aniston and Brady Hess, and his beloved dog Joe.
A private, graveside service will be held June 18, followed by a celebration of his life with family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Al Knouse at NFP, the nurses at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Residential Home Health, and David Myers Funeral Home.