LISBON, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Duane Edie Miller, a man gifted with exquisite penmanship, also enjoyed theology, German hymns, bluegrass and polka music, border collies, gardening and being a dad.
A self-taught computer whiz, he could research the heck out of anything and made immaculate Excel
He died September 5, 2022, in Salem, Ohio, after a long battle with cancer. He was 87.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, on September 5, 1935, he graduated from South High School and later
graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Capital University, in Columbus, Ohio.
He enjoyed the outdoors and, growing up, he spent time working in Mill Creek Park, in Youngstown, and at
Camp McKinley, in Lisbon, Ohio.
After college, he taught in northern Michigan, before joining the U.S. Army for a tour, during the Korean War. He was stationed in Saint Louis, Missouri.
He then went on to work in animal nutrition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville
Agricultural Research Center, in Maryland, until he retired in 1992.
He married Cynthia Koonce, in 1968 and began farming. Both were first generation farmers
and were married for almost 54 years. He was an active member of the Maryland Sheep
Breeders Association and a founding member of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, in
West Friendship, Maryland. In the 1970s, he was honored as Maryland’s Shepherd of the Year.
After retirement, he and his family relocated to Columbiana County, Ohio, where he spent time
volunteering as a soccer and music lesson dad and with Family Radio, in Youngstown. An avid
reader, he had an extensive library of theological and non fiction works he enjoyed exploring in
his later years.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Koonce and daughter, Rebecca Miller, both of Lisbon, Ohio,
and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edie and Virginia Miller, and
his brother, Owen Miller, and sister, Mardell Miller Ritter.
A remembrance of life service will be at 11:00 a.m., October 1, 2022 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 420 Clearmount Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511. Calling hours will be at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service.
In his memory, donations can be sent to the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 420
Clearmount Ave, Youngstown, OH 44432. Checks should be made out to Martin Luther
Lutheran Church, and marked “Duane Miller/Memorial Fund” in the memo line, in order to
further the work of the Hope Community Garden.
Friends and family may share their online condolences at www.deansfuneralhome.com/admin.
Arrangements are being handled by Dean’s Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Monday, September 12 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.