Pastor Ralph F. Miller, 78, of Roanoke, Virginia, whose story was featured last week on this blog, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, November 27, 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Esther Miller, brothers, Elmer, Stuart, and Jerry Miller, and sister Norma Truax.
Pastor Miller served churches in Ohio, Iowa, West Virginia, and Virginia. His last pastorate was at Boones Mill Grace Brethren Church. He was a veteran of the U S Army. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Nancy Schrock Miller; daughters, Lori Miller, of Roanoke; Janice Via, of Graham, N.C.; grandchildren, Nicole Hall, Danny Via, Brett Miller, Bryanna Brown, and Brendan Martin; six great grandchildren; sisters, Lanny Miller and Esther Ou, both of Mountain Top, Pa.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church, 5512 Hollins Road, Roanoke, Va. 24019. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road, by Pastor Don Eshelman. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin, Va. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Simpson Funeral Home, 366-0707.