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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:22
David-Miller-Obituary-Photo-1David C. Miller, 66 of Weston, Ohio, the Editor of the Bowling Green, Ohio Sentinel-Tribune Newspaper, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 in York, Pennsylvania.
David was born in Newark, Ohio to the late Frank and Marcena (Cox) Miller. He married Joyce (Carlson) Miller in 1966 and she preceded him in death in 1968. He later married Judith “Judy” (Witmer) Miller on December 27, 1969 and she survives in Weston, Ohio.
Along with his wife Judy, David is survived by a daughter: Jessica (Tom) Blakely, of Perrysburg, Ohio; a son: Aaron (Becki) Miller, of Smyrna, Georgia; grandchildren: Emma and Jackson Blakely, Mason Miller; step-grandchildren: Nick, Kelly and Brian Blakely; a brother: Tim (Susan) Miller, of Onsted, Michigan and special nieces and nephews.
David was a 1969 graduate of Bowling Green State University and was the editor of the 1969 BGSU yearbook, The Key, which won an All-American Rating.
In 1971 David began working with the Sentinel as a reporter and then became the county editor from 1972-1980. David became the Editor of the Sentinel in 1980 where he remained.
Under his leadership, the newspaper won numerous awards including Associated Press honors as the first place winner for “General Excellence” in both 2004 and 2005.
David was very active in the community, serving several terms as a member of the Wood County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) over the past 30 years. He also organized and served as a charter president (1984-1985) of the Ohio Association of County Boards of MRDD. He served as a member on the Northwest Ohio Residential Services Coalition, a member of the Association for Retarded Citizens-Ohio Public Affairs Committee, and served as president of the HUD Board for Wood Lane Elder Haus I and II.
Over his years of service serving those with developmental disabilities, he received several honors. He was the recipient of an Ohio Senate Resolution in recognition of his efforts in establishing the Ohio Association of County Boards of MRDD (1985), recipient of an ARC Excellence Community Media Award from ARC-Ohio (1985), recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the Wood County ARC (1986), recognized by the Ohio Association of County Boards of MRDD as the Outstanding Wood County Board Member during its first 20 years (1987), special recognition from ARC-Ohio for producing a special edition in ARC-Ohio newsletter regarding Ohio’s residential crisis for persons with mental retardation (1989), and recipient of the Ray Ferguson Award for Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities from the Ohio Association of County Boards of MRDD (2003).
In 2001, he was honored by Wood Lane by naming one of its group homes, The David C. Miller Home, and again in 2004 when their new pond was named The David C. Miller Pond.
David was also very active in libraries at the local, state and national level. He was a member of the Board of the Wood County District Public Library, where he served as president (1996), a member of the Ohio Library Trustee Association Board, where he served as vice chairman (1992) and chairman (1994), a member of the Ohio Library Council Board, where he served as vice chairman (1994), and chairman (1995), and a member of the BGSU Libraries Advocates Board since 2004. He was also author of the “Focus on Trustees” column in the Rural Library Services Newsletter from 1994-2012. He was appointed to the State Library Board of Ohio in 1996 where he served through 2007, including two terms as president.
Among his honors from his involvement in libraries, he was the recipient of the Spirit of Wood County Award for outstanding public service in education for civic responsibility, the recipient of Ohio Library Council’s Ohio Library Trustee of the Year (1995), was named to the National Advocacy Honor Roll by the American Library Association and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (2005), and the recipient of the 2010-2011 Friends of the University Libraries Award.
David was appointed by Gov. George Voinovich to consecutive seven-year terms on the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission from 1991 through 2005, where he served as vice chairman (1996-1999) and chairman (1999-2003).
Among his many other volunteer activities and awards, he was named Wood County Humane Society’s Humanitarian of the Year (1973); served as president of the Wood County Humane Society (1974-1975); Honorary Wood County 4-H Member (1976); recipient of the BG Jaycees Distinguished Service Award (1977); Honorary Ohio FFA Degree recipient (1977); charter president of Wood County Crime Stoppers (1981-1983); recipient of a Special Recognition Award from United Health Services (1983); chairman of the Evaluations Committee of the United Way of Greater Toledo (1988); member of the Board of United Health Services (1983-1989) serving as secretary (1986-1987); vice president, (1988) and president (1989); recipient of an Ohio House of Representatives Resolution for dedication to volunteerism and to community service as president of United Health Services (1989); charter member of the Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards Committee beginning in 1989; member of the Board of Ohio Public Images (1990-1991); president of Town and Gown Club (1996); named to the Bowling Green Foundation Board (1997); appointed to the Advisory Board to Community Corrections Center (1997-2004); named Advocate of the Year from the Ohio Advocates for Mental Health (2000); inducted into the BGSU School of Journalism Hall of Fame (2004); honored along with the Sentinel–Tribune as Large Employer of the Year for the National Association for Persons in Supported Employment (2006); member and vice president of the Cocoon Shelter Board since 2011; a member of Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board (2011); a member of Wood County Committee on Aging since 2012.
Along with his extensive involvement in the community, David enjoyed fishing, gardening, photography and traveling, along with spending time with his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 23rd, at 2 p.m. followed by a social gathering in the Dolores A. Black Special Olympics Gymnasium located in the Bowling Green Community Center, 1245 West Newton Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.
Memorials may be gifted in David’s honor to the Wood Lane Foundation, 1921 East Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 or to one of the organizations in which David was involved.
Online condolences may be shared with the Miller family at www.hannemanfh.com.
Arrangements for David have been entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 West Wooster, PO Box 648, Bowling Green, OH 43402; Tele: 419-352-2171.

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