Charles R. Miller Sr.

Charles Richard (Rich) Miller, Sr., 76, of Harrisburg, PA died on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Residence in Harrisburg, PA.   

Mr. Miller was born on February 27, 1942 in Blossburg, PA, the son of Warren L. and Elizabeth Grove Miller.  He grew up in Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield High School and Mansfield State Teacher's College.   As a child, he loved hunting, fishing, trapping and played a variety of sports.  During High School, he excelled in soccer, basketball and baseball and went on to play baseball at Mansfield University.  A 1964 graduate of Mansfield State College with a BS in biology, he attended graduate school at Syracuse, Penn State University and the University of Virginia.   He received his master’s degree from Elmira College, Elmira, New York.  In 1974 he received the Outstanding Educator Award from American Educator’s Association.

Mr. Miller coached basketball and taught at Attica High School in New York for three years before returning home to Mansfield.  From 1967-72, he directed Mansfield High School to five NTL Championship, four District IV crowns and a state title in 1969 before accepting a coaching and teaching position at Lower Dauphin High School outside of Harrisburg.  Mr. Miller taught chemistry and physical science at Lower Dauphin Middle School for 33 years.  He served as the head boy’s basketball coach at Lower Dauphin from 1972-89 and coached seven more seasons as a volunteer assistant football coach before retiring from teaching in 2000. He also was a basketball coach in the collegiate level at Penn State-Harrisburg from 1989-91.  One of the highlights of his life was coaching alongside his son Rich as a volunteer assistant at Mansfield University from 2005-2015.

Mr. Miller was active in the community as a member of the Hummelstown Optimist Club, South Hanover Zoning Board and directed summer sports camps for over 25 years in Lewes, DE, Hummelstown, PA and Quebec, Canada.  He enjoyed playing golf, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his family and watching his children and grandchildren play sports while sharing coaching advice and teaching them the value of life.

He is preceded in death by two sisters, Joann Lemos and Eleanor Reed and a brother, Robert Miller.  Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Gloria McFall Miller; his daughter Christina Miller Treacy and her husband Jim, of Great Falls, VA; his son Charles Richard Miller, Jr. and wife Julie of Wernersville, PA; his grandchildren, Emily, Lauren, Ellie, Evan and Joshua; his mother in-law, Gloria Kibler McFall of Front Royal, VA; brother in-law Gary Hamilton McFall and his partner, Robert Ramoy, of Bethesda, MD; several nieces, nephews and his Golden Retriever Lilly.   

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 11 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 South Main St. Mansfield, PA.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at 11:00AM at the Sullivan State Road Baptist Church in Mainesburg, PA, officiated by the Reverend Edward M. Trask.  Interment will follow the church service at the State Road Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Warren L. Miller/C. Richard Miller Scholarship Memorial fund, payable to Southern Tioga SD.,  Attn: Accounts Receivable, 310 Morris St., Blossburg, PA 16912; or Carolyn's House (Hospice of Central PA), 1701 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.  www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com  


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