Ernie Lee Miller, 58, of Celina, Ohio, formerly of Middletown, Ohio, died Thursday afternoon, January 5, 2017, at Mercer Health in Coldwater, Ohio.  He was born October 28, 1958, the son of Ernie and Phoebe (Prichard) Miller, both who preceded him in death.  Ernie had retired from General Electric in Centerville, Ohio, as General Manager.  On February 20, 2010, he married Jennifer Rutledge, and she survives in Celina.  He was a member of New Start Church of God in Celina, Ohio, and was a veteran of the United States Army.  Ernie enjoyed building models and also refurnishing furniture.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family—his wife Jennifer, his children, and his grandchildren.


Surviving in addition to his wife, Jennifer,  are three sons:  Lee Miller and Michael Miller, both of Middletown, Ohio and Jeremy Miller of Van Wert, Ohio; and 5 grandchildren:  Shyanne, Kaylynn, Michael, Ryan, and Lilly Miller.  Three sisters survive:  Janice and Joyce Miller, both of Middletown, Ohio, and Carol (Larry) Bowling, of Franklin, Ohio.  Ernie’s father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Kathy Rutledge survive in Celina, Ohio.  Deceased are two brothers, Dale and Charles Miller.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, Ohio, with Pastor John Mobley officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, with the Eichar-De Curtins VFW Celina Post 5713 providing military graveside rites. 


Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service on Monday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the family. 


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Charles W. “Skip” Miller Jr., 80, of Celina, OH passed away at his residence in Celina on January 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm.  He was born October 1, 1936 in Celina to Charles W. Sr. and Mary (Ashcraft) Miller, both preceded him in death.  He married Delores M. Emery on September 9, 1960, and she preceded him in death on February 22, 2014. 


Survivors include a sister, Sondra “Soni” (Tom) Sheehan, Noblesville, IN; a step-daughter, Patty Werst, Celina; two nephews, Kent Luedeke, Celina and Todd Luedeke, Carmel, IN; and five grandchildren, Jordan, Nicholas, Chelsea, Kristin, and Noah Sparks.


He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Terri Miller and Tammy Sparks. 


He was a 1954 graduate of Celina Senior High School.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He retired from New Idea in Coldwater after 25 plus years of service. 


Skip enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching Cleveland Browns Football with his grandson Nicholas, fishing, and playing cards. 


He was a member of Celina Moose, Celina Eagles Lodge 1291, Celina VFW Post 5713 and Celina American Legion Post 210. 


Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. 


Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Hospice, Coldwater and / or Celina VFW Post 5713.


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