Dr. John S. Miller
married Carol Banner in Oneonta, NY in 1951 and, following
his military service, returned to Lowville in 1954 to join
his brother, Dr. Edgar M. Miller, in practicing dentistry.
Known to many as “Dr. John” or “Doc,” he practiced
in Lowville for 50 years until he retired at the end of
2004, serving thousands of patients and employing dozens
over that time.
Miller came from a long line of Millers and Merrells,
families that have been in the Americas since the mid-1600s
and lived in Lewis County for over 200 years. Rooted in
Lowville and the north country, Dr. Miller was a long-time
member of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lowville,
a vestryman of Trinity Church, a saxophone player in the
Lowville Village Band, and instrumental in the formation of
the Residential Healthcare Facility at the Lewis County
General Hospital, where he ultimately died. He was also a 32nd
degree freemason, a member of the local Fellow Craft Club
and Blue Lodge, a Shriner and a member of the Royal Order of
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Carol B. Miller, Lowville, a son, Jonathan W. Miller, New York City, a daughter, Melinda W. Miller, Colton, a daughter, Ellen P. Miller, and son-in-law, Richard C. Reed, Oneonta, and three adored grandchildren, Jacob Miller Widrick, Philadelphia, PA, Eliada Miller Widrick, Boca Raton, Fla., and Hannah Miller Widrick, Mesa, AZ. He is also survived by a number of Miller, Merrell and Banner cousins, nieces and a nephew and their respective families.
brother, Dr. Edgar M. Miller, two cousins, the Honorable
Nathaniel B. Merrell and Edgar S. K. Merrell II, each of
Lowville, and his brother-in-law, L. William Banner, Ithaca,
all died before him.
of the family’s deep appreciation for the comfort and care
provided to Dr. Miller over the last year by the 2nd
floor staff of the Lewis County Residential Healthcare
Facility, and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
in Dr. John S. Miller’s name to the Lewis County
Residential Healthcare Facility, 7785 North State Street,
Lowville, NY 13367, care of the 2nd
Floor Nursing Home.