Don Miller, 84, of Shepherdstown, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at his residence under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
He was born June 18, 1936, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of the late William R. Miller and Ida (Werner) Miller.
Don was a self-taught Pewtersmith from 1960 until recently. Through the years, he worked in Harpers Ferry, Bolivar, Spring Valley, and Shepherdstown. In 1972 some of his work was given as diplomatic gifts when the US acquired pandas from China for the National Zoo. He was especially proud of his religious crosses, chalices, and wafer trays which can be found at many churches. In the 1990s a friend took one of Don’s pewter chalices to Vatican City where it was blessed by Pope John Paul II. He was a strong supporter of arts and crafts. Don took pride in stating that every piece of his work was truly made by hand.
Don founded the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library in 1977.
He was of the Episcopal Faith.
He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and he received his two year degree from University of Maryland.
He worked summers at Camp Greentop which is a camp for handicapped children and adults. He met the love of his life and future wife Lee who also worked there during that time.
He served in the U.S. Army between Korea and Vietnam during peace time.
He is survived by son, Will Miller and wife, Anne, of Shepherdstown; daughter, Jennifer Ogden and husband, Andrew, of Ogdensburg, New York; grandchildren, Holly Ogden, Amy Ogden and sister, Priscilla Stoffel. He is also survived by his cat, Lily who was adopted from the AWS of JC.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Lee Miller who passed Aug. 31, 2020 and brother, Bob Miller.
Services and interment will be in private.
Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, PO Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414.
The family would like to thank all of the loving caregivers from Home Instead, WV Home Health, and Hospice of the Panhandle.
Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.