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Travis S. Finkenbinder, Supervisor

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Richard J. Miller

September 17, 1926 ~ June 21, 2018 (age 91)

Richard (Dick) John Miller, 91, resident of Londonderry Village in Palmyra, PA, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 21, 2018 in the comfort of his home. Richard was the beloved husband of Esther (Ettie) Baer Miller for 68 wonderful years.  Born on September 17, 1926, to Paul and Mabel Miller of Palmyra, he was the oldest of five children.  Richard leaves two sisters, Millie Grove of Dover, DE and June Hostetter of Palmyra, PA. 

Dick is survived by four children: Fred Miller (wife Cathy), Deb Kay (husband George), Doug Miller (wife Darlene) and Beth Mellinger (husband Ken).  He is also leaving eleven enjoyable grandchildren and thirty-six dearly loved great-grandchildren, who brought him great joy.

Dick was a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather (Pop Pop), great-grandfather, brother and friend, and he now begins to enjoy his crown of righteousness which the Lord will award to him for his faithfulness in life.

Following graduation from Palmyra High School, he served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Lebanon Valley College.  He began his career at RCA as an engineer and was promoted to Manufacturing Manager of Camera and Phototubes in the Electro-optics Division.  During his working years, he was involved in numerous activities and ministries.  Dick served as a President of Lancaster Toastmasters Club, President and board member of Bible Visuals, and was active in church leadership by serving as Chairman of the Church Board, choir director, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and numerous other committees.  Following his retirement, he served the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church as administrator and served the Brethren in Christ Church World Missions as Controller.

The ministry that brought Dick the most fulfilment was serving the Brethren in Christ Church in Zambia as a finance administrator.  Dick and Ettie served five terms between 1990 and 2007.  They enjoyed sponsoring several Zambian boys in their secondary education and were like parents to many Zambians.

Always active, Dick was a joyful volunteer at Londonderry Village.  He was a member of Harmonizers, Joyful Sounds, and volunteered for the village convenience store, landscaping crew, and yard sale. 

We will all miss Dick but we will treasure his legacy and example.  Dick will be remembered for his generosity, gratitude, gardening and leadership. 

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Dick and Ettie’s ministry in Zambia, memorial contributions may be sent to Covenant Mercies, a non-profit organization that serves orphans in collaboration with indigenous local churches in the developing world.  Their address is: Covenant Mercies, One Fellowship Drive, Glen Mills, PA  19342.

All are welcome to join the family in celebrating Richard’s life on Saturday, June 30, 11:00 am, in the DiMatteo Worship Center at Londonderry Village, Palmyra, PA.

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