Kenneth “Ken” Wesley Miller
A Simple and Generous Man -
Kenneth “Ken” Wesley Miller, age 89, of Mechanicsburg, passed away at the Lebanon VA Medical Center on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Ken was born on Monday, February 2, 1931, in Nanticoke, to the late William Wesley Miller and Catherine (Swithers) Miller. In addition to his parents, Ken is preceded in death by his infant granddaughter, Gracie Ellysa Miller; his three brothers: Eugene Hobart Miller, Albert William Miller and Alfred Reinhart Miller; and his two sisters: Louise Eleanor Grabski and Catherine Ann Miller.
Ken’s survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nancy Marlene (Johnson) Miller; his two children: Cynthia “Cindy” Ann Schmied and husband Henry of Mechanicsburg, Wesley “Wes” Kenneth Miller of Mechanicsburg; his three grandchildren: Cristeen A. Beck and husband William, Anissa N. Schmied and husband Timothy Jumper, Kenneth “Kenny” W. Miller; his two great-grandchildren: Dominic I. Beck, Avery C. Beck; and several nieces and nephews.
Ken spent much of his life in the service of his country. He served in the U.S. Army for more than four years, and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant after more than 15 years of service. He later retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot after many years working as a forklift operator. Ken was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg. He enjoyed watching television, especially TV series westerns and horseracing. He also liked to bowl with his older brother and go fishing on the many lakes and streams. Ken loved to grow juicy red tomatoes in his garden and to share the bounty with those who were less fortunate. Ken’s family will miss his simple and generous spirit.
All are welcome to gather with Ken’s family at 1:45 p.m. for his committal service with military honors at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2020, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania. Ken’s family invites everyone to join them for a Dutch treat reception at Snitz Creek Restaurant & Brewery following the burial.
The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to Homeland at Home Hospice and everyone at Lebanon VA Medical Center Hospice Unit who so lovingly cared for Ken during his illness.
Contributions in celebration of Ken’s life can be made to Homeland at Home Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way Suite 115, Harrisburg, PA 17110, www.HomelandatHome.org/Giving-Back.
Ken’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Ken’s full obituary, view his photograph, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle, and sign his official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.
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