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Richard  H. “Dick” Miller, age 75, of Greenville passed away Friday morning, August 25, 2017 at UPMC Hamot, Erie.

He was born in Allegheny County on May 22, 1942 a son of Frank and Sarah (Kellenbaugh) Miller.  He was a 1960 graduate of Ellwood City High School and attended Slippery Rock University and Thiel College.

On March 26, 1982 Dick married the former Diana Strosser, she survives. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Greenville and he had self-employed most all of life. Throughout the years , Dick was passionately involved in politics and serving his community.  He was a member and Past Chairman of the Mercer County Democratic Committee and at the age of 28, he was the youngest County Chairman of either party in the state of PA.  He was a member of the Democrat State Platform Commission and had served on Gov. Rendell's Transition Committee.  He was a member and  Past Chairman of the Mercer County Industrial Authority from 1973-1985,  was the first Chairman of the Mercer County Solid Waste Management Authority, served as Vice President of the Mercer County Development Corporation, was a founding member and longtime board member of Penn-Northwest Development Corp. as well as a founding member of the Greenville Economic Development Corp., was Secretary of the Greenville Planning Commission from 1968-1985and was a member of the Mercer County Planning Commission, served as Chairman of the Mercer County Land Bank Committee, was a member of the Mercer County Chapter of PA Economy League and served as Executive Director of NW PA Cooperation Council, was a member and past Board Member of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, was a member and Past President of Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, served as Treasurer of the Greenville Literacy Council, served as Mayor of Greenville from 2006-2010 and as Chairman and Treasurer of the Greenville Water Authority, served on the Board of Directors and was Past Secretary of the former Greenville Ice Rink, was a member of the Mercer County Career Center Advisory Board and was on the Board of Directors of the Mercer County School to Work Program, was a member of the Thiel College Business Haller Institute Board, served on the Board of Directors of the Mercer County United Way, was a member of the Greenville Area School District Technology Council, was a member of the  Greenville  Area Preservation Assoc. and was a Manager of the NWPACC Benefit Trust.   

In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter: Sara Barr and her husband Randy of Greenville; a son Joseph Miller and his wife Maggie of Chicago, IL; a sister, Kathy Crans of Pittsburgh, PA;  his mother-in-law; Argena "Babe" Strosser-Mossman and her husband Howard of Greenville and a grandson, Elliott Barr who was Papa's best friend. He was preceded in death by his parents.

As per Dick's wishes, cremation was chosen and services will be private and held at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125.

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14 Comments

  1. Phyllis and Jim Hoople Phyllis and Jim Hoople
    August 28, 2017    

    I know Dick will be deeply missed, and my heart breaks for all of you.

    Diana – let your family and your faith be your strength as you let yourself heal. Sara and Randy – I’m so sorry for your loss, and I know it will be hard to explain to Elliott, but you’re great parents and you’ll help him understand. Joe and “Babe” – I’m so glad you’re able to be there for Diana and the rest of the family.

    I’ll miss him, too. The world was a better place with him in it.

    Phyllis

  2. Wendy Hawthorne Wendy Hawthorne
    August 28, 2017    

    DIck will be greatly missed. Dick gave me a chance professionally in, helping me get back into communications and PR for NwPAC. I am sorry for your loss Diana, Sara and Randy, and Joe and Babe and the rest of the family. He will be missed by the many people he touched and interacted with.

    Wendy

  3. Lois Mitchell Liebendorfer Lois Mitchell Liebendorfer
    August 28, 2017    

    Dick was a classmate of mine at Lincoln High School and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. We thought we would see him at the gathering of classmates we will be having in late September. We were glad to see Dick at our past get togethers and will miss him in the future. You have my deepest sympathy.

  4. Linda Zuschlag Linda Zuschlag
    August 28, 2017    

    Diana, Sara & Joe,
    You have my heartfelt sympathy and prayers as you cope with Dick’s loss. I served on the Water Authority with him. He was a source of much knowledge. Greenville was very important to him. He believed in our town and as a council member I also believe in Greenville and will do my best to continue his legacy.

  5. Shirley and Frank Lewis Shirley and Frank Lewis
    August 28, 2017    

    Sara and family , I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers . You have our deepest sympathy .

  6. Joseph L. & Ann Marie Fry ( Consiglio ) Joseph L. & Ann Marie Fry ( Consiglio )
    August 28, 2017    

    Diana, Sara, Joe & the complete family, I am sending you all our heartfelt sympathies at this very sad moment. Dick was a wonderful role model for allot of people in our community and outside of our community as well. What a remarkable guy he was with always a pleasing personality with whoever he met. Diana I know what a great soul mate he was to you also. Our thought and prayers are with you, Diana and the complete family.

  7. Dick Davis Dick Davis
    August 29, 2017    

    Quite a life, quite a career, quite a character…Dick Miller had more knowledge on more topics and more issues whether they be local, state or national that anyone I’ve known. Dick Miller never let that extensive knowledge get in the way of being able to find at least a little humor in most things. Dick Miller, you will be missed…

  8. Deb Mariacher Deb Mariacher
    August 29, 2017    

    Diana and Family,
    Sending deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Dick. He left a legacy of commitment to the neighborhood, community, state, and nation – with your support at every step! We hope your happy memories give you and your family comfort and peace. Thinking of you at this sad time. Deb and Terry Mariacher

  9. Thomas Mathews Thomas Mathews
    August 29, 2017    

    In the 1990s, Dick and I worked together on an Air Force advanced research project in agile next generation manufacturing. His extensive support and enormous organizational skills were key to networking both industry and labor in this experimental cooperative effort for the U.S Department of Defense. In the years since, we have remained good friends and frequently kept in touch. Both my wife Florence and myself are much saddened by Dick’s passing and these same thoughts go out to his entire family.

  10. Peggy Hinkle Maxwell Peggy Hinkle Maxwell
    August 30, 2017    

    Diana and Family, I have known Dick for a long time, he worked for my dad, Bill Hinkle, went to Lincoln High School together and just received an email from him 2 weeks ago telling me he would be attending the Class of 60 Birthday dinner in Ellwood City. I am so saddened by his passing and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  11. June Smock Gessler June Smock Gessler
    August 30, 2017    

    Diana, I was saddened to learn of Dicks passing, you and your family were so fortunate to have had such a wonderful husband and father. May God bless you all at this difficult time and I hope your memories help you through..you have my deepest sympathies

  12. Sam Alexander Sam Alexander
    August 30, 2017    

    I’ll remember Dick as a caring person and a good friend. May he rest in pease.

  13. frank laaks frank laaks
    August 31, 2017    

    I share your sorrow and hope we can focus on the memory of the kind loving husband father and the fullness of his life and thej happines he has given us

  14. Anonymous Anonymous
    September 4, 2017    

    Diane, Sara, Joseph
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dick was a good person and neighbor.
    Stella Langiotti and family

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