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Jack L. Miller

January 10, 2008
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Attorney Jack L. Miller, 79, of Washington, W.Va., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Jan. 8, 2008, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.

He was born March 26, 1928, in Parkersburg, a son of the late William Guy Miller and Rosetta P. (Batten) Miller.

Jack graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1946. He graduated with honors from WVU in 1950, Michigan Law School in 1954 and the U. S. Naval Academy Prep School. He was admitted to the W.Va. Bar in 1954 and was a member of the Illinois Bar and Missouri Bar. Jack was a U. S. Navy 1st Class Seaman from 1946-47 and member of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet. He was a U. S. Air Force 1st Lieutenant from 1951-52 and an Inspector General for the Office of Special Investigations.

Mr. Miller served as the City Prosecutor for Parkersburg 1956-57, Wood County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 1958-60, a member of the W.Va. House of Delegates 1960-62, member of the W.Va. Senate 1962-69, and Commissioner of Finance and Administration1969-70. He practiced law as a sole practitioner in Parkersburg, Wood County and West Virginia from 1956-69, 1971-78 and 1988-90. He was president and CEO of Appalachian Life Insurance Company from 1979-88. He retired in September 1988.

His civic and professional organizations include the W.Va. State Bar, Wood County Bar Association, Elks, Moose and the American Legion, which he served as State Commander from 1975-76.

In his younger days, Jack wrestled for PHS and WVU. One of his proudest accomplishments was to help start the Pee Wee wrestling league in Wood County. He wrote the rules and officiated the first match. He was selected as a W.Va. Centennial SportsGreat in 1963 for his contributions to high school and collegiate wrestling.

Mr. Miller was a national treasurer and member of Board of Directors of the National Association of Life Insurance Companies, former counselor and president of Mountaineer Boys State and a volunteer at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.

Surviving are two children, Glenn Miller and his wife, Susan, of Vienna and Gaylene Miller and her husband, Jim Chrivia, of Charleston, W.Va.; a brother, David Miller of Vandalia, Ohio; four grandchildren, Alicia and Julie Miller of Dallas, Texas, and Kate and Sloane Miller of Vienna; and great-granddaughter, Peyton Miller of Dallas, Texas.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Roseanne K. (Williams) Miller in March 2000; and two brothers, Harold “Doc” Miller and William “Bill” Miller.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Dr. Harold Custer officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Mausoleum of the Three Crosses, where full military honors will be performed by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, 901 Broadway Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101, or the PHS Athletic Fund, 2101 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

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