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Richard W. Miller

June 16, 1939 ~ February 21, 2022 (age 82)

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Richard William Miller, "Dick", 82, died peacefully at home on February 21, 2022.  Dick was born in Erie on June 16. 1939, the only child of Martha (Sheehan) and Ralph Miller.
 
              Dick attended St. John the Baptist grade school and was a 1957 graduate of Cathedral Prep.  He received his bachelor's degree from Gannon College and his master's degree from Edinboro College.  Dick was also a veteran of the US Army, having been stationed in Korea from 1962-1964.
       
             Dick so loved being a teacher in the Erie Public Schools, where he taught for over 30 years.  He taught English and German, primarily at Academy High.  He retired in 1995.  He was dedicated to his students and his profession, and influenced many young lives in a positive way.
 
            Dick loved reading and was always up on current events.  He enjoyed genealogy, having thoroughly traced his German and Irish roots, of which he was very proud.
 
            Dick was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Church and was proud to say the Miller family has attended the parish for over 100 years.  Dick was an altar boy in his youth and in retirement at daily mass.  Dick also loved singing in the St. John-Holy Rosary Resurrection Choir.
 
         In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his son-in-law, Daniel Elliott.
 
         Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Deanna (Nikolishen) Miller.  He was a wonderful dad to Monica, Anna Marie, Gregory, Paula, and Gerard, all of Erie.  He was known as Opa to his loving grandchildren, Bridget, Joseph, and Caroline Fessler,  Matthew Elliott,  Gianna and Alivia.  Dick is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.  Additionally, he is survived by many special friends, including his childhood schoolmates, Sr. Phyllis Hilbert, Trudy Barnhart, and Fr. Chuck Roland.
 
         Friends and family are invited to call at St. John the Baptist Church on Thursday, February 24 at 10a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11a.m.  The family requests that all mourners please wear a mask.  Private burial will be at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery at a later date.
 
        Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.
 
        The Carl. A. Slomski & Son Funeral Home Inc. 2101 Ash St. is handling arrangements.
 
        Please send condolences to www.slomskifuneralhome.com
 
 
       
 
 

 
 
       
 
 
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Services

Viewing
Thursday
February 24, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Church
509 East 26th St
Erie, Pennsylvania 16504

Funeral Mass
Thursday
February 24, 2022

11:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Church
509 East 26th St
Erie, Pennsylvania 16504

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