James A. Miller

1933 - 2019

Dr. James A. Miller, 86, of Findlay passed away at the Bridge Hospice Care Center on Monday, September 30, 2019. He was born in McComb, Ohio to the late Harry (HJ) and Hilda (Boyle) Miller. He married Janet Bright on June 18, 1961 and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2010. He is survived by daughters: Tracy (Jeff) McMath of Findlay, Shelly (Michael) Marchese of Sleepy Hollow, NY, and Julie (Tom) Nolan of Columbus; nine grandchildren: Cole, Beckett, Arden, Duncan, Kelly, Livia, Reagan, Jack, and Elle; dear friend, Dee Waaland; sisters: Ginny Zemlin, Lynn Miller, and Harriet Winston Fire; nephews: Paul Zemlin and Shane Winston (Amber Boyer); nieces: Lynn (Lee) Trimble-Zemlin and Kristian Winston; great-nephews: Ryan and Greg (Crystal Johnson) Zemlin; and great-niece, Jazmin Boyer. He was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Mildred Miller; and nephew, Kimberly Winston. Jim was a 1951 graduate of McComb High School. He served in the US Army from 1953-55, stationed in Mannheim, Germany before finishing his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University in 1957. In 1961 he graduated from Ohio State Medical College and trained at Akron General Hospital before returning to Hancock County at the urging of his mentor and friend, Dr. Dick Blake. Dr. Miller was in family practice with Dr. Ed Davis and served a term as chief of staff at Blanchard Valley Hospital. After closing his practice, Jim worked at Physicians Plus Urgent Care and the University of Findlay Cosiano Health Center. He was honored as Distinguished Physician of the Year in 2010. He was chairman of the American Heart Association (1976), member of both the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, and a member of the Hancock Park District Foundation Board. Jim was a former member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church and current member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder and Stephen Minister. He actively participated in numerous Bible studies over the years, Koinonia, Emmaus Walk, and Bill Glass prison ministries. Jim worked with Global Health Outreach medical missions and Mission Possible in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. He was an avid Ohio State football and basketball fan and enjoyed vacationing with family in Bay View, MI and AZ. Please continue Jimís legacy by lending a hand or an ear to someone in need. Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00pm on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME and from 1:30-2:30pm on Friday, October 4, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held at 2:30pm Friday, October 4, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Jessica Commeret officiating. Memorials can be made to the Harry and Hilda Miller Family Scholarship Fund at The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation or to First Presbyterian Church in his memory. Online condolences can be shared by visiting coldrencrates.com.