Richard A. Miller

richard-millerRichard A. Miller, 59, of 126 Jackson Road, St. Marys, passed away Monday, October 3, 2016, at his residence, after a long illness.

He was born January 17, 1957, in Olean, NY, son of the late Gerald and Thelma Harvey Miller. He was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1975, and in 1979 he graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Biology.  He was a resident of St. Marys since 1980 and was a teacher in the St. Marys Area School District for 35 years.

On August 4, 1984, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Vicki Ginther, who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Andrea Miller at home; a son, Bradley Miller and his wife Diana of York, PA; a grandson, Logan Miller; two brothers, Gilbert M. Miller and his wife Mary Ann and James Harvey and his wife Betty, both of Port Allegany; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Carol Smith Ginther of St. Marys; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Rick was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, where he served on the parish council, and was a member of the Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460. He enjoyed nature and being outdoors and was active in the Envirothon Club at St. Marys Area High School, achieving State Champion one year.  He was an environmentalist for Black Moshannon State Park for many years and served as a US Army Corps Ranger at East Branch Lake for seven summers.  Rick was proud that he was an honest person.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 9:30 AM, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a scholarship fund for students pursuing a degree in Environment and Park Management, c/o Vicki Miller, 126 Jackson Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Jen October 4, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Our condolences to you, Vicki, and the kids.
The Defilippi’s

Marsha Dallasen October 4, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Sincere condolences to Vicki and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

LeAnn Meyer October 4, 2016 at 8:40 pm

He was a great teacher and wonderful person! Fly with the angels now. My heart and condolences go out to his family and friends!

God Bless!

Sharon Vollmer October 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Vicki,
So very so for your loss.
With deepest sympathy,
Peace in Christ, be with you.

Angie Walter October 4, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Vicky and family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Although it was many years ago, I enjoyed having your husband for my biology teacher. God bless.
Sincerely,
Angie Walter and family

Nikki Schutz October 4, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Vicki and family, you all have my deepest condolences. I’m so sorry to hear this. He was a wonderful teacher that I have had. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Elaine Lee October 4, 2016 at 9:23 pm

I am so sad to hear of Rick’s passing! I will always have fond memories of his weather reports as he passed my classroom in the mornings. I send sincere sympathy and love to his family!

Lisa Mancuso October 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Vicki, Andrea, and Brad,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. Rick was genuinely a good person that had a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone. He made people laugh and always put his family first. I am grateful that I got to teach next to him for most of my career. He always told me not to “sweat the small stuff”. I will never forget him…and all his little gadgets. Hugs to all of you!

Sharon Gurosik October 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.

Chris and Carl Loeffler October 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Dear Vicki, Andrea, Brad and family,

We are sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Carl and I enjoyed the times we had with Rick, Carl when he was the Metal working teacher and I when I was in his classroom as an inclusion aide. He always had a joke or funny story and we can’t think of him without seeing that big smile on his face.
You will be in our prayers during this difficult time. May Rick rest in Peace in the arms of Our Lord.

Ally Schatz October 4, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Mr. Miller was a great teacher! I will never forget our many conversations about biology, and also blueberries! He was a pretty cool guy and will be greatly missed by many!!

Cathy Maholtz Javersak October 5, 2016 at 6:49 am

I am so sorry for you loss. I fondly remember Rick Miller as a happy teacher with rosy cheeks. He was one of a kind and our world was better because he was here.

Diann Buttery October 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

All our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to your entire family at this most difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,
Diann & Jim Buttery
Lauren Buttery Grimsland

Missy Shirey October 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

Sending prayers to his family. Rick was a great man. He was my hummingbird specialist and will miss his calls to remind me to put my feeders out every spring. He will be missed by many.

Dave Stake October 5, 2016 at 11:12 am

Vicki,
My condolences to you and your family.
I always enjoyed talking to Rick when I taught at St. Marys HS. He was a good hearted man and will be missed.
Sincerely,
Dave Stake

Gary Froelich October 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

Vikki, Brad, Andrea and the extended Rick Miller family, Pam and I express our sincere sympathy on the tragic loss of Rick. I still find it hard to comprehend at times. He was a delight to work with and have as an employee as a summer ranger at East Branch Lake. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. I used to call him the “gadget man” because he always had some new gadget to share with us. God bless you all. Rest in peace Rick.

Kevin Yeager October 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

My condolences to the entire family. He was a terrific teacher who provided a great deal of help. I will remember him always. God Bless.

Fr. Alfred, O.S.B October 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

As a son of a HS Biology teacher who was the first environmentalist of whom I know, my thanks to the Lord for Mr. Miller’s contribution to the care of God’s creation. My prayers to wife Vicki and family and all Richard Miller’s past and present students.

Patty and Tim Salter October 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Rick was a great man. He always made me laugh. I enjoyed serving on Parish Council with him. He always brightened up every meeting he attended. He will surely be missed.

God Bless your whole family.

Jim & Laura DeLullo & Familu October 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Vicki and family,
May God give you all peace, strength and comfort. Sending our sympathy.

Ann Kearney October 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm

I am so very sad for your entire family, Vicki. Rick was a wonderful man. He became one of my first friends when I started work in St. Marys. He was always willing to help anyone out. A good Christian man and he certainly loved his famiy. May God bless you all as you travel this journey of grief and loss.

Deedee Burgeson October 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm

From the (way back) years in your bio science class to the years you tormented me at Giant Eagle with your corny jokes… I can’t pick a time I wasn’t rolling my eyes and shaking my head laughing. Thank you for all the laughs Mr. Miller! Rest in peace, may the angels guide you and keep you.

Alicia Himes October 5, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Please allow me to extend my condolences to your family during this time. I had Mr. Miller for Biology and later became an educator myself. I have fond memories of his stories and personality.

Donna Rusnock October 6, 2016 at 12:32 am

Prayers to you and your family…God bless…

Becky Wolff (Jones) October 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Sorry to hear about Rick. Sending prayers and hugs to help you through this time of sorrow.

Glenn Gregory October 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. You’re in our prayers and may God give you peace through this time of sorrow.

Glenn, Grace and Adrianna Gregory

Victoria Barker October 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

My sincere sympathy goes out to Vicki, Andrea, Brad and family.
Rick always had a smile and a very positive attitude toward life. When this illness hit him it was some time before he even knew what it was. He was in a lot of pain and told me he wasn’t able to even sit on his swing.
Well my friend, now you are at peace with the Lord God Almighty. You will be missed by many as you always had a joke or two to cheer others.
Until we meet again!

Vicky Barker

MATT November 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, VICK AND ANDREA.

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