Merle E. Miller 1925-2013

YOUNGSTOWN – Merle E. Miller, 87, passed away Tuesday morning, June 11, 2013, at Hospice House.

Mr. Miller was born Nov. 2, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of Christian R. and Ida Mae Ipe Miller.

He was a partner in the family business, C.R. Miller and Sons Plumbing and Heating in Youngstown.

Merle was a member and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, a member of Wick Lodge F&AM Lodge 481 and a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 396.

He was a veteran, having served in World War II with the U.S. Navy. His first ship, the USS Meredith, hit a mine in Normandy in 1942. He later served as a radio man first class on the USS Compton.

Merle loved spending time with his family, bowling and fishing.

Surviving him are his wife and high-school sweetheart, the former Betty Lou Bishop, whom he married April 28, 1948; three sons, James (Nanci) Miller of Fowler, Jerry (Jenifer) Miller of Boardman and Chris Miller of Youngstown; a daughter, Susan (Mark) McConnell of Boardman; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Scott F. Miller of Youngstown; and a sister, Orlene Eastlick of Forida.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Nora Jean Gibboney; a brother, Christian C. Miller; and his special feline companion, Tom.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St., Boardman, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Masonic Services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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