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John "Jack" Lee Miller

August 15, 1935 — June 30, 2022

Charleston, SC

John "Jack" Lee Miller

John “Jack” Lee Miller, 86, of Chillicothe, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2022 after a period of extended illness, with his wife, five children and some of his eleven grandchildren by his side when he left this world.

Born on August 15, 1935, in Mt Sterling, KY, son of the late Mary Sienna (Drennan) Miller and Albertus Paul “A.P.” Miller, who had seven children together. John is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Joe and Paul Miller, and sisters Nell Lorenzen and Evelyn Stamper.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Bessie Miller and their five children: Sieanna (Mike) Bucy, Paul (Katrina) Miller, Veronica (Randy) Winks, Teresa (Ward) Buster, and Dan Miller; eleven grandchildren: Valerie Warnock and Tiffany Vickers; John, Ben and Grant Bucy; Mani, Luke, and Alaina Miller; Olivia, Caroline, and Julia Buster; two great-grandchildren Shea Warnock and Madi Vickers; and sisters Patsy Barnett and Marie Clark.

John, also known as “Red”, was a hard-working young man, who spent his early years milking cows, pumping gas, and he loved playing basketball and baseball while growing up in Mt. Sterling, KY. He then served our country in the US Army from 1954 to 1957, working as a Secretary in Germany during the Nuremberg trials. Upon returning from the service, he obtained his undergraduate and Masters Plus Degrees in Education from the University of Kentucky.  His education career included teaching for three years in Kentucky, and as a teacher, guidance counselor, and Principal in Chillicothe, Ohio. For many years he served his community as a coach, referee, and director at the Robert Gay Community Center.

John married Bessie Donathan, “the smartest woman he ever knew” in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Church in Mt. Sterling, KY. In 1964, the family moved to Chillicothe, OH.  

During his retirement, John and Bessie made many fond memories while traveling in their RV and exploring Europe.  They also took many of their grandchildren on these trips. For the past few years, he and his wife have been living in Charleston, SC enjoying the warm weather and family. He was a loving, kind and funny man with a very deep spiritual faith.

Service details pending, at the family’s discretion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Donate Life America Give to Donate Life or Roper Hospice Cottage Give to Roper Hospice Cottage 676 Wando Park Blvd., Mt Pleasant, SC 29646.

The family would also like to thank all the amazing staff with Roper Hospice, for the loving care they provided. 

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