William F. Miller, 78, of Richmond, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at his home after his long, well fought battle with COPD.
William was born on July 10, 1944. He was the son of the late Orlan and Mabel Miller of Burgettstown, PA. Also, he is preceded in death by his brother, John Miller, and his sister, Betty Freshwater.
William is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Patricia (Rothacker) Miller whom he married on May 5, 1984; his three sons, Matthew (Sherry) Miller of Richmond, William (Carrie) Miller of Shickshinny, PA, and Warren (Linda) Miller of Moran, TX; daughter-in-law, Wendy (Mark) Landis; his granddaughter, Makaela (Fiancé Justin Rinehimer) Miller of Wapwallopen, PA; his sister, Mary (Ernest) Gallo of Eldersville, PA; his brother, Robert (Shirley- Deceased) Miller of Homer Glenn, IL; his brother-in-law, William Rothacker; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and not to be forgotten, his grandkitties.
William spent most of his working career and spare time caring for and protecting his and many other communities. He worked at Weirton Steel for 34 years and the last 18 in the fire department, retiring as Crew Chief. Known as the “Godfather of EMS,” he worked and volunteered as a firefighter and paramedic throughout Jefferson County. He was a long-time member of the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Fire Chief for 13 years, TEMS Joint Ambulance District where he worked as a paramedic, and was one of the founding members of Wintersville Emergency Medical Services in the 1970s and co-founder of the Jefferson County Fire and EMS Association. He was also able to share his knowledge and experience as an Emergency Medical Technician and continuing education instructor through Jefferson Community College. He thought of his many coworkers, fellow volunteers, and students as his own sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.
William was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan, even the Pirates, and Ohio University football. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and supervising even the smallest of projects his son Matt may have had. His nightly routine included watching Adam 12, Emergency, and Perry Mason while doing puzzles with his wife. Though in the end, his mobility and endurance may have been limited, that did not stop him from doing what he loved and living his life to the fullest.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ghulam Aziz and his staff for all they have done over the years and Valley Hospice and staff for the comfort they provided. Also, to the EMTs, Paramedics, and Firefighters of the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department for their many quick and caring responses in his time of need.
Friends will be received for visitation at the Everhart-Bove Funeral Home, 685 Canton Rd., Wintersville, OH, 43953, on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of William may be made to the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 334, Richmond, OH, 43944, or Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH, 43943.
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