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Obituary for Fred Miller

August 7, 1947 - July 11, 2020
Elyria, Ohio | Age 72

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother


Fred "Papa Fred" "Big Fred" Miller, 72, of Elyria passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Beloved by all, he is survived by his wife of 38 years Julie Miller (née Phillips); children Freddie (Amanda) and Bob of Elyria, Ali (Aaron) Abraham of LaGrange, and Zeke (Dee) of Cleveland; grandchildren Bobby, Gabby, Madelina, and Natalia; sisters Frances, Nancy, and Janice (Walter) Clinton, and many loved ones including Eric (Jennifer) Vander Kooi.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Anise Miller (née Duez).
A 1965 graduate of Elyria High School, Fred served in the U.S. Marine Corp, was an employee of U.S. Steel, and volunteered at LifeBanc, an organization which our family holds dear.
An avid outdoorsman, he could be found walking, gardening, fishing, or just enjoying the fresh air on his porch. He had a passion for heavyweight lifting and roller coasters. He loved telling dad jokes and building Legos with his very special grandson, Bobby. He excelled at chess, math problems, and puzzles. He was sure to read the Bible every night. Subscribing to the belief that "There Are No Strangers Here; Only Friends You Haven't Yet Met", Fred befriended everyone that crossed his path and always fought for the underdog. Overall, his greatest joy was his family.
A 29-year heart transplant recipient, he was able to live a full life under the guidance and care of the amazing MICU team at the VA Hospital and especially Olga Dolgova, N.P. We owe her an immense amount of gratitude and she will forever have a special place in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life service and visitation will be held on his birthday, Friday, August 7 at 1pm at Life Church of Lorain County, 1033 Elm Street, Grafton, OH 44044.
Memorial Donations may be made to LifeBanc, 4775 Richmond Road, Cleveland, OH 44128 to honor the gift that brought us 29 more years with this great man.
Funeral arrangements by Busch Funeral Home, Elyria.

Celebration of Life

Friday, August 07
1:00 PM    3887933 3981942 20200807T130000

Life Church of Lorain County
1033 Elm Street
Grafton, OH 44044

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Elyria, OH 44035
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