Donald W. ‘Amos’ Miller
Donald W. “Amos” Miller, 88, born Oct. 15, 1928, of Lewistown, entered into eternal rest at 11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in the arms of his beloved daughter, Lori “Annie” Miller, at his home.
He greeted his mother and father, David A. and Beryl L. (Mason) Miller, his sister, Annabelle Swain, and his brother, George.
His brother, George, preceded him in death on Christmas day and Donald carried this loss his entire life. He always sat the toy truck they received as a gift that year on a shelf every Christmas to remember him.
Surviving are: his wife, Hazel J. (Ronk) Miller; daughters, Sherri Stewart (Kenneth), and Lori Miller (Robb Replogle); five grandchildren, Justin, Courtnie and Rachel Replogle, and Noah and Elizabeth Stewart; three great-grandchildren (his little sweeties), Shae Olivia, Charlotte Ann and Cassidy Joelle; four siblings, Dorothy Whiteman, Doris Clemens (Marvin), Nina Anderson (Ralph) and John Miller (Nancy).
Donald was a 1946 graduate of McVeytown- Oliver High School.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in occupied Japan following World War II. He often spoke Japanese and returned to his beloved Japan in 2002 with his good friend, Ron Yoder.
Employed by Conrail as an operator, he retired in 1985.
Donald loved photography, bird watching and looking up wildflowers. He could identify any tree in the forest.
He lived a selfless life, always putting his children and wife Hazel first. Hazel faithfully and tirelessly cared for him the last several years of his life. He could always be found visiting shut-ins and friends in hospital and nursing homes. He also spent a lot of time walking his mountain in the big gap, on which he knew every tree, rock and spring.
Donald’s world changed dramatically in 2007 due to dementia destroying the body he took care of for so many years, but he was still able to enjoy rides to watch his grandchildren’s sporting events and to his cabin. He never forgot a face and loved when his family visited together every week. He was always patient and thankful for the help given to him in his convalescence, which helped him live in his home his entire life. We cannot thank enough Tammy Miller, Kelly Rodkey, Arlene Kanagy and Ginny Wagner for helping in his care. We couldn’t have done it without PRN’s special caregivers either. He loved each one of you.
One of Donald’s many quotes of advice: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” -Etienne de Grellet.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 S. Market St., McVeytown, with Pastor Jerry Wise officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Mattawana.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service, Saturday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to One Dog at a Time, 225 Meadow Woods Drive, Lewistown, PA 17044.
“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” -Tia Walker, author.