David Owen Miller 81, resident of Amelia Island, FL passed away peacefully with family around him on January 24, 2020 after a long and brave struggle with Parkinson’s disease for many years.
David was born November 25, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio to Rev. John and Carolyn Miller. He attended North High School, and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Agriculture. He is survived by Theresa, his wife of 30 years, and their blended families consisting of 5 adult children (Greg, Julie, John, Kathleen and Trayci), 10 grandchildren, brother Bob, sister Jane and beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Dave’s earliest beginnings were humble as he learned farming. He served in the Army and was honorably discharged. Dave’s passion for farming led to a business venture with his cousin, Jim Owen, and the two of them planted and harvested sweet corn, strawberries, pumpkins and at one time potatoes which was known as Owens Potato Farm, Inc. aka The Berry Barn located off of Sharon Valley Road in Newark, Ohio. Dave served on many boards including the National Cooperative Business Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Vegetable and Potato Growers Association, and Nationwide Insurance Company and was director of Landmark, Inc., and Cooperative Business International. In addition, he was recognized internationally for his work in Agricultural co-ops.
Dave loved OSU sports, playing golf, skiing, boating, horse racing and traveling; he never knew a stranger, played a mean hand of Euchre. Dave lived by and followed the Golden Rule every day of his life.
Dave’s impact was felt through his kindness, generosity and genuineness and will be missed and cherished by his friends and loved ones forever.
A celebration of life service will be held in Ohio at a later date.
His family asks that donations be made to Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257 or The American Parkinson Association at www.apdaparkinson.org