Ronald L. Miller, 78, Black & Decker machinist, NASCAR fan, enjoyed trips to the beach

By on August 17, 2016

Ronald L. Miller, 78, of Hopeland, formerly of New Holland and Ephrata, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born Oct. 11, 1937, in New Holland, the only child of the late Clarence and Hilda (Lausch) Miller.

He was a machinist by trade, employed by Black and Decker and Food Craft. After retirement, he continued working at New Holland Auto Group, where he made many friends in the community. He enjoyed the beach; NASCAR; and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ronald is survived by five children: Julie Dilbeck, Ephrata; Lori (Alan) Simpson, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Lisa (Gregg) Swartley, Mohnton; Jeffrey (Karen) Miller, Denver; and Melissa (Cris) Miller, Hopeland; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his wife: Sharon (Herman) Miller.

Services were held Aug. 13 at Furman Home for Funerals, Leola, with Pastor Ray Voran officiating. Interment was at Memory Gardens, Ephrata.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital for the care of their father over the last several years.

Furman Home for Funerals, Leola, had charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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