John H. Miller “Jack”


Holley, NY:  May 1961.  Sadly we announce the passing on June 25, 2015, of our beloved Dad and Papa, known to many as Jack. Sharing in his memory are his much-loved daughter and son-in-law, his caretakers of many years, Cheryl and Brian Revier, his made-him-proud grandchildren, Jessica, Philip and Cameron, and his treasured great grandchildren, Laci, Anthony, Collin and Sequoyah.

Jack also leaves relatives in Pennsylvania, brother/sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends and two of the best dogs ever, Teeny and Jo.  Among many waiting for him were his deeply-missed parents, Jake and Tillie, and his wife of 45 years who, at the first sight of her, Jack declared, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.”, the only gal he ever gave his heart to, JoAnne Davy Miller. Anxiously waiting with wagging tails were his four-legged buddies, Roger and Schultz.

Jack and JoAnne created a country home where the welcome mat was ALWAYS visible, a home that kids flocked to and never wanted to leave, one that requested respect but promised fun-filled happenings and where the philosophy of “anything goes” was the norm.  Jack, a heck of a guitar player, would entertain the kids around a campfire strummin’ and a singin’ until the wee hours of the morning. Lessons taught on that very guitar, treasure hunts in the woods, and thanks to the freedom their acreage allowed, exciting tractor drives, instructions on safe target shooting, wild rides in the back of Jack’s red pick-up and driving lessons for all, no age restriction or permit required, are moments we remember with smiles.

Jack served his country proudly as a US Marine and although a humble soul, could discuss sports, happenings in the entertainment field, politics, and up-to-the-minute world headlines better than most. And, how he loved his snuff, jokingly referred to by Jack as “dummy dust”.

Possessing strong opinions on certain subjects never stopped him from respecting the views of others. He’d often say: “That’s why they make Fords and that’s why they make Chevys”.  The development of diabetes caused Jack to face many health obstacles. He confronted these challenges, including blindness, with courage and without complaint. We are warmed by the fact that, for the very first time, he is now able to see his great grandchildren.  In his last month, Jack was compassionately befriended by staff at The Hurlbut Nursing Home. We are grateful for their dedication and angelic care which transcended mere treatment. And, hats-off to the grand organization of Meals on Wheels who nourished Jack in more ways than one as their volunteers, especially Sandy, became like family.

We let you go, happy for you, but with heavy hearts. Because we loved you, because you loved us, know you will be missed.   Until we meet again, Jack, be sure and “take ‘er easy”!

Services private.

Rochester Cremation, 4o44 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300,

6 Condolences

  1. Patti Brandes on July 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful tribute to your Dad. I remember him well visiting you when you lived next door as well as your Mom whom my kids lovingly called Nonni.

  2. Terry and Diana on July 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Just beautiful Cheryl and all so true! Love you very much!

  3. Lucy Miller Turner on July 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! My sympathy to you Cheryl and your family.

  4. rick and carol miller on July 3, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Cheryl and family, so sorry about your father passing, he is in heaven now and watching over all of us, Richard has told me lots of stories about jack, i am very fortunate to have met him and spent several times with him…god bless….

  5. Linda Flannery on July 6, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. You and your parents took me in. Treated me as a daughter. Helped me in a very bad time in my life. Nobody wanted me. I learned so much in my three years with y’all. When I plant my garden every year I think of the person who taught me how to do it. PoPo!!! I remember making Jacks lunch every morning before he would head out to work. He & Grandma Goat farm. I earned ten cents a day. Would use it towards toll calls to talk to my Grandma. I remember the dogs out the back way from Hall Rd to go to the general store. I was so afraid of them. You came and saved me. I could go on and on.A very memorable time in my life. Just know that my mom and I are saddened for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and our family.

  6. Tamra Asmuth on July 17, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    What beautiful words about your father, Cheryl. He was a wonderful man and, along with your mother, provided me a comfortable, loving, fun-filled “home away from home” while I was growing up. He’ll be forever in the hearts of everyone who was lucky enough to know him. Oh. And how lucky he was to have you as his daughter. ❤️

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