Miller: John Wolf – Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 2, at the age of 90, at home surrounded by family. Son of Orie and Elta Miller. Survived by his son, Christopher Miller (Hennie) and daughters Jeanette Ewert (Lowell) and Karen Bearinger (Larry). Forever remembered by his grandchildren, Scott, John, Emily, Jessica, Stephanie, Matthew, Maya and Jacob, and great-grandchildren, Renee, Jordan, Jaiden, Hannah, Jacob, Oaklyn, Ethan, Orie, and Owen. John was an active member of Blenheim Ecumenical House Church, and will be greatly missed by his church family and many friends. He was dedicated to family and a life of serving others.
John grew up in Akron, Pennsylvania. His family consisted of an older sister, two older brothers and a younger brother. Because of church and business responsibilities, his father, Orie O. Miller, was away from home a lot. He was summoned home from Africa when John (age 6) was hospitalized with life threatening complications following scarlet fever. John survived but was left without hearing in his left ear.
John attended Eastern Mennonite High School in Virginia. This is where he met Louise Heatwole, whom he later dated at Goshen College and married in 1949.
Throughout John’s growing up years his intention was to become a medical doctor. However, just before entering medical school, an invitation to prepare for teaching at the Goshen Biblical Seminary steered him in another direction. His teaching career spanned the years 1954 to 1992. Interjected was a decade working in the field of mental health at Chicago State Hospital.
He was involved in the founding of Reba Place Fellowship, a Christian communal church in Evanston, Illinois. He was one of the leaders in this church until he and his family moved to Ontario.
The move to Ontario in 1969 was in response to an invitation to join the faculty of Conrad Grebel College. The 23 years he taught at Grebel and the retirement years following were productive years. His thoughts and insights are preserved in numerous published books and a Bible Study Program.
Above is mostly a portrayal of John as an academic, but to many he was much more. To those in House Church he was a friend and for many years a pastor. He was a family man showing love to his wife, who he cared for faithfully during her 25 years with Parkinsons. Also a loving parent to three children, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held for John on Monday, December 4,2017 at 3:00 pm at the Blenheim Church, New Dundee, with burial following the service. There will be a drop-in reception after the service at the home where John lived. Donations in his name can be made to Mennonite Central Committee.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, Plattsville.