Dennis Miller, 92, Sugarcreek

Dennis Devon Miller, 92, Sugarcreek, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Walnut Hills Nursing Home in Walnut Creek.

He was born Feb. 16, 1920, in Berlin, to the late Rudy and Jenny (Troyer) Miller.

Dennis spent the years, 1941-45 in Ohio, Virginia, and Montana in Civilian Public Service, and was a smoke jumper in Montana and Idaho. He was employed by the Mullet Coal Co. for six years and in 1956 began a career as a self-employed artificial inseminator of cattle. He enjoyed working with the farmers and their cattle for 35 years.

He was a member of Grace Mennonite Church in Berlin and was a sports fan who loved basketball, as well as baseball and football. Having once owned an Indian motorcycle, he also enjoyed the races. Camping with his family was very much enjoyed and Canada was a favorite destination. Dennis and Mary made many trips to Branson, Mo., where they enjoyed the country music and a once in a lifetime trip, driving to Alaska, was very special to him.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Grace Conkle, whom he married Oct. 13, 1946, and was by his side for 66 years; children Cathy Lynn (Frank) Smith of Delta, Colo., Errol Stanley (Kathy) Miller of Jeromesville and Jolene Dee (Denny) Oxender of Bluffton; grandchildren Kendra (Jim) Huber, Kyle (Dana) Smith, Kalina (Isaiah) Schloneger, Tori (Myles) Bower and Luke Miller Oxender; and a brother, Stanley E. Miller of Sarasota, Fla.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Helen L. Miller and Maxine L. Brown.

Services are today (Thursday, Feb. 14) at 10 a.m. at Grace Mennonite Church in Berlin, with pastors Larry Kaufman and Bob Miller officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Sugarcreek.

Arrangements are being handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek. To share a memory and sign the guest register visit www.smithfuneral.com.

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