John Henry Miller, Jr., 93 of Huntingtown, Maryland passed away on October 4, 2023.
John was the second of five children born to the late John Henry Miller, Sr. and Myrtle Sutphin Miller. He grew up, married, and raised his family in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he and his wife moved the family to Maryland.
After attending Chamberlain High School in Anacostia, he went to work for the US Post Office as a machinist and, except for his military service time, remained with the Post Office until his retirement. While serving in the US Army, he was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany from 1952 to 1954.
As a young man, still in high school, he worked on a horse farm where he would feed, groom, and muck the stalls just for an opportunity to ride the horses. Even as his memory faded in his later years, he would recall how much he loved the farm. In his 20's, horses were replaced by motorcycles - the handsome image of him sitting on his 1951 Indian serves as the logo for a motorcycle shop in Kensington, Maryland. His interests again changed after starting a family. He loved tinkering with cars, motor engines, and boats. His children rarely saw him when he wasn’t under the hood of an old car or launching a boat that he rebuilt. He loved to dance, whether it was at a party, a wedding, or just in the kitchen, and found joy in listening to bluegrass and country music. John and his wife Betty raised five children and were blessed with nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He was the happiest when he was surrounded by his family, especially on the holidays or anywhere there was good food.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Alice Stenger and Dwight Miller, his loving wife Betty Jane Miller, daughter Carolyn Miller Humerick, grandson Nicholas Colevas, and great-grandson Ryan Clore.
John is survived by his children, Linda Colevas (Glenn), John W. Miller, Julie Stone (Jim), and Stacie Nave (Lyndon), grandchildren Christen Ball, Elizabeth Freburger, Lauren Yarbrough, Ashley Greenwell, Megan Lee, Christopher Colevas, Alex Clore, and Kaitlyn King, nine great- grandchildren, and his sisters Nancie Southworth and Donna Moore. In addition to his family, he leaves behind his devoted home caregiver, Linda Freeland.
The family will receive friends at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736 on Friday, October 13, 2023 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm where a Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 10155 Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or https://www.alz.org