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David Owen Miller

David Owen Miller

November 24, 1938 - January 24, 2020     Age: 81

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

16 Condolences

  • Charlotte Fallon Posted January 27, 2020 10:51 am

    , Teresa, please accept our sincerest sympathies on Dave’s death. He certainly did put forth a very brave effort in the face of his disease. it was clear to all that you loved each other very much and your loss must be intense. You are in our hearts. Fondly, Benny and Charlotte Fallon

  • Bill Feaster Posted January 27, 2020 3:12 pm

    Teresa. – Please accept Pam’s and my heartfelt sympathy for the passing of your wonderful husband Dave. We didn’t get to know y’all very well, but you were about my favorite folks in our Rock Steady Boxing group. Dave really impressed me due to his strength, his smile, and his apparent absolute absence of fear of falling. He just drove forward full speed almost no matter what the circumstances. Which, I’m pretty sure must have caused you untold frustration, trying to keep him safe. And you have my admiration and respect for the manner in which you stuck to Dave like glue at Rock Steady Boxing. Dave can rest in peace now and, hopefully, so can you, knowing you were the best caregiver ever to your wonderful husband.

  • Chris Bryan Posted January 27, 2020 3:27 pm

    Theresa, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you need anything. Love, Chris

  • Susan Comfort Posted January 27, 2020 7:41 pm

    I met Dave at Rock Steady. Theresa and Dave were always there together. She was his guardian angel and now he will be hers. He was determined and not afraid of a challenge. He had many, but managed to smile and persevere. He was a real role model and will be missed. It was truly a pleasure to know Dave. May the dear Lord be with you all.

  • Shannon Posted January 28, 2020 4:13 pm

    Theresa and family I am truly sorry for your families loss. Mr. Miller was a dear sweet man. I will always remember his smile and kindness towards me. Sending my love an condolences. Shannon Keith

  • Courtney Thompson Posted January 28, 2020 9:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss! He was a great man.OHIO

  • Charles McClenaghan Posted January 29, 2020 4:59 pm

    David was a wonderful man. You should be very proud of him. I wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Judy Franklin Posted January 29, 2020 11:25 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Jeff Watkins Posted January 30, 2020 9:42 am

    Theresa, Pam and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. We have so many great memories. Dave was a great man, definitely one of a kind. No doubt he had an impact on many peoples lives, including ours.

  • Diane Pasieka Posted January 30, 2020 10:10 am

    Theresa, So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Know this has been a long road for you both. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Nancy Cessna Posted February 6, 2020 3:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed David when I was on State FB Board. Peace and comfort to you all

  • Bob Wink Posted February 7, 2020 5:33 pm

    Theresa,I am so grateful for the all too short of time allowed me to call Dave my friend. Many happy memories fill those times, one of which is seeing the happiness you brought into his life. My thoughts are with you both.

  • Laura Shaffer Posted February 9, 2020 10:14 pm

    Theresa, I’m so sorry to read of Dave’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  • Bunny Smithson-Solomon (Amelia Hair Salon) Posted February 16, 2020 4:40 pm

    David Miller was one of my favorite clients. He was a very special, he loved to have good conversations with me. I sometimes would tease him and he would always have a smile on his face. He was very generous to me his (Barber). He had a flat tire once at the salon and we got him all fixed up so his wife Tereasa would worry about him, for he was a little fragile at that time. I will miss David, however just happy thoughts for me about him. Rest in Gods arms David.

  • Trayci Ryon Posted February 19, 2020 1:48 pm

    Mom, I miss him dearly. We will get thru this. He was loved by so many and always be remembered

  • Rovanda Morgan Posted March 24, 2020 7:39 pm

    Mrs. Theresa Miller, and my dear friend Tracyi Ryon, and Family. My prayers are with each of you, to know Dave was a pleasant pleasure and honor. The words are so true, Dave never met a stranger, he welcome me in his home with no thought. His presence will always be deep in my heart. Continue to Trust God and know there’s no pain Heaven cannot heal. Be blessed.

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