Roy G. Miller, 99, WWII vet, retired from Insurance Company of North America, very athletic

By on December 20, 2017

Roy G. Miller, 99, of Lititz, died on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Roy was born in New Berlin to John A. Miller and Esther W. Miller on June 17, 1918.

Roy was a 1936 graduate of Lewisburg High School. He then attended West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University), from which he graduated in June of 1940. His young teaching career was interrupted in January of 1943 when he joined the US Army Air Corps. He served in various locations in the United States and the Pacific Theatre. He achieved the rank of First Lieutenant and was honorably discharged in October of 1946.

After his service in World War II, he briefly returned to teaching at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. He then accepted employment at the Insurance Company of North America in Philadelphia, where he worked for 33 years. He retired as the secretary of underwriting in 1980.

He met his wife, Helen, at the company in 1952. They married in 1953 and remained together until Helen’s death in 2014. Roy and Helen were long-time residents of the Paoli, Malvern, and West Chester areas before moving to Lititz in 2000.

Roy was an avid sportsman for his entire life. He played basketball and ran hurdles in high school, and was on the West Chester State Teachers College track team. He was a counselor at Camp Tecumseh in Moultonborough, N.H., for many summers. This boys’ camp focused on sportsmanship, community, and self-discipline through a variety of activities, particularly athletics. While in the Air Corps, he designed physical fitness programs for soldiers and nurses on the base. He played tennis and golf for most of his adult life, and was active in these sports into his 80s.

Roy was intelligent, articulate, thoughtful, and witty. He was a man of great personal integrity and a strong sense of fairness. These qualities were apparent to anyone who met him. Those who knew him best, his family and many friends, respected and cherished him for these same qualities. Roy was a man of unwavering strength and principle, and he will be dearly missed.

Roy is survived by his son: Grant Miller, and daughter-in-law, Gwen Miller, of Midlothian, Va.; his granddaughter: Kate Miller Eacho and her husband, Thomas Eacho of Richmond, Va.; his granddaughter: Liza Miller of Richmond; his daughter: Barbara Miller and her partner, Robert Denitzio of Avondale; his daughter: Pamela Cole and her partner, Dave Bergh of Burke, Va.; and his brother and sister-in-law: Bill and Sally Miller, of Keene, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Roy’s memory to the Brethren Village Benevolent Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, PO Box 5093, Lancaster, PA 17606.

Online condolences may be made by visiting Arrangements by Founds Funeral Home, West Chester.

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