Eli Michael Segan Miller, Sr. 82 of Miller Road, Lafferty, Ohio, died
Tuesday April 29, 2003 at his home. He was born July 31, 1920 in
New Lafferty, Ohio a son of the late Mike Segan Miller and Josephine Grudowski Miller Skukan.
Eli was a retired farmer and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Lafferty VFD, Lafferty Community Park and the National Farmers Organization.
Eli graduated from Lafferty School and attended Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio and was in the 3 C’s in Libby, Montana. He also played independent basketball for the Home Restaurant in Cadiz and the Green Raiders in 1948, plus many local baseball, softball and bowling teams. His life history is of a good and giving man, for example, Eli, Father Carl Borosh and Joe "Friday" Bizzarri decided that Lafferty needed a VFD so they started one. Then, Eli decided that Lafferty needed a community park so he established one and he will be also remembered for the famous Miller’s Pond. He was an avid sportsman and farming was his life. He loved his family and friends and that was his tribute of what a man should be.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Eli Miller, Jr. in 1975; his Uncle Rade Popovich; a half-brother, Jack Skukan, Sr.; three half-sisters, Rose Binkley, Ann Luxiel, and Mary Menough, and a niece, Phyllis Menough.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Smokovich Miller of Lafferty; a son, Eugene Miller of the home; two daughters, Suz Pubal and her husband, Ken of Belmont, Ohio; and Linda Phillips and her husband Christopher of Pewaukee, Wisconsin;
six grandchildren, Kalyn and Derek Pubal of Belmont, Ohio; Olivia and Erin Phillips of Pewaukee, Jennifer Gardner and her husband Bob of St. Clairsville and Paul Pubal of Columbus, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 2-8 PM Thursday at the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 204 West Main Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 10AM Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lafferty with Fr. Chester Pabin as celebrant. Burial follows in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lafferty. A vigil service will be held at 3 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eli Miller Scholarship Fund in care of Wesbanco, 135 Main Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.