Virgil A. Miller passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Alliance Community Care Center at the age of 96. He was born April 28, 1922 to the late John and Lydia (Schmucker) Miller in the same house he lived in all his life. Virgil attended Louisville High School and worked as a smoke jumper in Missoula, Montana for a year in 1945. He returned to Ohio shortly thereafter to continue in the family business, Miller’s Greenhouse and Cider Mill. He owned and operated the business from 1950 to 1977. In 1977 he started a tree farm business in Carrollton which he owned until his retirement in 2004. During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, one of Virgil’s prize Christmas trees was chosen to be sent and displayed at the White House. Virgil loved to watch flowers, vegetables and trees grow. Following his retirement, Virgil enjoyed traveling and visited many countries. He was a member of Beech Mennonite Church, American Legion Post #548 and the Louisville Eagles. Virgil will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He lived a great, long life and taught his family many important things. Virgil knew how to have fun and loved the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, Paula Paquelet and Glenda (Bob) Neely; grandchildren, Scot (Betsy) Lucas and Amy (Kraig) Schneider; great-grandchildren, Drew, Evan, Trey, Reed and Lola, Nicole (Neely), Michelle (Neely) Dershaw, their extended family and friend, Richard Lucas.
In addition to his parents, Virgil is preceded in death by sisters Beulah (Paul) Mast, Blanche (Forrest) Miller and Grace Miller; son-in-law, Richard F. Paquelet and several nieces and nephews.
Virgil’s family will receive friends Friday from 5-7 pm and Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 am at the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home in Louisville. Services will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Reed officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Beech Mennonite Improvement Fund, 10037 Easton Street NE, Louisville, Ohio 44641 or Alliance Hospice, 2461 W. State Street, Suite “E”, Alliance, Ohio 44601. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.paqueletfalk.com.
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Glenda, Bob, Paula and family-
We are sorry to hear of Virgil’s passing and happy to have known him. Wishing you peace and comfort in the coming days…
Eileen and Kevin Lepionka
Glenda. So sorry for your lost. Sounds like the kind of Dad we all would have loved and appreciated. My deepest sympathies are with you during this time of loss. I hope you can find reassurance in the care of friends and family, and allow the loving memories you have of your Dad to help you through this time. God is Good! Love you.
To Cousins Paula and Glenda,
All of the Leonard Schmucker family are thinking of you in the loss of your Dad. Your Dad lived a long life and we are so glad you got to enjoy him all these years. We know that in some ways that makes the parting more difficult so our hearts go out to you in this time of grieving.
Our Dad, Leonard, talked often about all the good times he had with cousin Virgil as they were growing up. We have these stories to remember about your Dad and our Dad. We also had good times with you when we would visit Louisville each summer when we were kids.
So sorry none of us will be able to attend the service but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our Mom, Lucille, lives in Hesston, KS in a nursing facility and is now 94.
Sending our love!! Your cousins–Lillian, Marvin, Myrna, Carol, Darrel, and Lisa (Ron’s wife).
Paula & family, Your Dad is now tending to the beautiful gardens in heaven! Very sad I can’t attend calling hours as I’m on vacation in Denver.
Paula & Family,
So sorry for your loss. You were so blessed to have him in your live for as long as you did. I know you will cherish the memories. God Bless!
Sheri (Your buddy at craft class/Beech Mennonite Church)
So many memories – so thankful to have had him as a part of our families lives. He lived an amazing life and has a wonderful family who we will always treasure. I will cherish all the memories that began for me at the cider mill and closed with holiday dinners sharing a glass of homemade wine together. I will always treasure the memories of our times with him. Gods blessings and much love to Paula, Glenda and their entire family.