Simon L. Miller,
Jr., 82, of 108 Sunset Drive Elysburg PA was welcomed into glory and into
the arms of his loving Savior on Sunday, April 14, 2013. He was born March
7, 1931 in Milton PA the son of the late S. Lorenzo, Sr. and Florence E.
He was married for
57 years to the love of his life, the late June L. Miller who preceded him
in death on October 10, 2011. They were married February 27, 1954.
He graduated from
Milton High School in 1948 where he was a multi-sport athlete in football,
basketball and baseball. He played semi-pro basketball for the Locust Gap
Apollos around 1949 – 1952. He attended Washington and Lee University.
Mr. Miller served
in the United States Army from 1952-1968 where he attained the rank of
Major, was in the Infantry, and was the Chief of the Flight Examiner Branch
at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. He served multiple tours in Vietnam. He
then attended the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Kentucky from
1968-1970 where he earned his Masters of Divinity Degree. He served as
minister of the Elysburg Presbyterian Church from 1970-1975. He also was
President of the School Board at Southern Columbia. Mr. Miller lived in
Isfahan, Iran where he was then employed by Bell Helicopter from 1976-1978
as a flight instructor for the Iranian Air Force as well as advisor to the
Commanding General of the Iranian Air Force. From 1980-1991, he was
Commander of the Indiantown Gap Flight Facility where he achieved the rank
of Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Miller was involved with real estate in the
Elysburg area. He also was the speaker at numerous public speaking
He was an avid
golfer and won the Senior Championship at Jepko’s Three Ponds (now Knoebels).
He also played Augusta National after winning second place in the
Southeastern Amateur. Mr. Miller loved to write and authored the book,
“Once Upon A Time.”
He led his life
with a purpose to bring glory to God, to love his family and to achieve as
much as he could with the time the Lord gave to him. He was well known for
his impressive handshake and fine patriotism to the country he loved and
He is survived by
one son, Gregory S. Miller of Phoenix AZ and one daughter Tracy Miller Ray
of Elysburg PA; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Mullet in 2007. Also surviving
are two sisters; Elizabeth A. Hogge of Milton PA and Patricia L. Schick of
Saranac NY and her husband, William B. Schick. In addition to his wife and
daughter, he was preceded in death by one brother, George F. Miller.
friends are invited to attend a Celebration of his life to be held Monday
evening, May 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Elysburg Presbyterian Church 320 W.
Valley Avenue in Ralpho Township with his sister, the Reverend Dr. Patricia
Schick officiating Burial will be private at the convenience of the
family. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project 4899
Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville FL or donations may be received online
www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Arrangements are under the direction of
Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.