BUTLER — Kindness through words creates confidence. Kindness in thought creates insight, and kindness in giving creates love. Richard Miller was giving in so many ways. Described as a “Good Samaritan,” Richard’s kindness was evident in his willingness to serve his family, friends, community and Christ. God’s faithful servant now called home, Richard “Shotgun” Miller passed away at home on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. He was 81.
Richard was born March 28, 1931, in Wikel, W.Va., the son of Francis and Julia (Matney) Miller. Proud to be a Butler Bulldog, Richard graduated from Butler High School Class of 1949. On Feb. 4, 1950, he married Norma Crunkilton. Owning and operating his trucking company, Shotgun had been retired for 19 years.
A woodsman, Shotgun always stayed active spending time outdoors. In the spring he enjoyed mushroom hunting and also enjoyed hunting, fishing and numerous shooting sports including archery. A behind the scenes kind of guy, Richard was always volunteering his time. He worked as volunteer for the Richland County Public Library-Butler Branch and also was head of the Butler Water Board.
Richard was a founding member of the former Butler Church of Christ, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and youth leader. A gifted vocalist, he also sang bass for the locally known gospel quartet group the Harmonaires. Selfless and thoughtful, Richard cherished his grandchildren and the chance of teaching them countless life lessons.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Norma (Crunkilton) Miller of Butler; son, Bob (Ruthan) Miller of Mankato, Minn.; daughter, Penny (Larry) Bechtel of Fredericktown; sons, Jim (Yvonne) Miller of Fredericktown and Steve Miller (Kelly Bowman) of Butler; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brother, Mark (Barbara) Miller of Bellville; sister, Gilda Collins of Bellville; brother, Gene Miller of Butler; and sister, Marilyn (Art) Coon of Bellville; numerous nieces nephews and extended family.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Alma Louria; brother, Robert Miller; and very special friends, Red Harris and Bob Pipes.
The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in North Liberty United Methodist Church. Pastors Ken Kinley, Dave Butler and Allen Rose will officiate. Burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to North Liberty Cemetery or North Liberty United Methodist Church may be made through the funeral home.
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