Laurence J. Miller Sr.

Laurence J. Miller Sr., 73, of McConnelsville, Ohio, formerly of Watertown, Ohio, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Lou Gerhrig’s at Heartland of Centerburg on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

He was born Nov. 17, 1940, in Waterford, to the late Wilfrid and Mary Province Miller. After graduating from Waterford High School, he married Ruth L. Betts on July 2, 1962. He was a crane operator at Interlake Steel Company and later a company/independent truck driver for Iddings Trucking Company. He ended his long haul as a truck driver for Waterford Tank. He loved the outdoors and was a member of the Watertown Fire Department for many years. He was a member of the Beverly FOE #3665, Sons of the American Legion Post 389 and the Lowell Moose Lodge #2382.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth L. Betts Miller; and two sisters, Donna Fullen and Carol Coffman. He is survived by a very special lady, Mavis Manning of McConnelsville; two daughters, Jane Miller (Steve Hopkins) of Lowell, and Darlene (Bobby) Griffin of Stockport; two sons, Larry (Lynn ) Miller of Brookville, Pa., and Bill (Nicole) Miller of Bismark N.D.; 10 grandchildren, David Miller, Daniel Miller, Clyde Miller, Bryant Griffin, Dakota Griffin, Thomas Miller, Rebecca Miller, Kyle Miller, Madison Miller and Hannah Miller; five great-grandsons, Hayden Miller, Hudson Miller, Tavin Brooks, Mason Miler and Xzander Griffin; two sisters, Marcella McCall of Indianapolis, Ind., and Sue Schwendeman of Fleming; and one brother, Francis Miller of Waterford.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Amber Norris, Memory Hanson and Cindy Fisher for assisting in his care while he was home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 6, at McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly, with Pastor Barbara Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Watertown Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 5.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the ALS Association, 1170 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220.

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