John L. Miller

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John L. Miller

John L. Miller passed away peacefully on March 27, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

He was the oldest child of Leslie and Mary (Lepak) Miller, born at home on October 10, 1940, in Shell Creek, Oklahoma. John grew up on his family’s farm in Banner, enjoying time spent with many Miller and Lepak aunts, uncles and cousins, in tandem with a lot of hard work. He was very active in 4-H from the time he was small to when he graduated from El Reno High School. John attended Oklahoma State University before marrying Sharon McCabe in 1962. He later graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Criminal Justice, while working for the Lincoln Police Department.

 

John and Sharon raised their five children in Lincoln, moving to Texas in 1981 after he attained the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. From there, he worked for the University of Houston and then embarked on his journey into the security industry. John befriended and mentored many during his long career and is fondly remembered by them today.

 

John was still working when he suffered a stroke in June of 2011, which left the right-side of his body paralyzed. He lived each day since with grit, grace and determination. He was blessed to have been cared for by his family and was able to spend time with all of them in the years following his stroke. He was especially proud of his five grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.

 

John was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Mary Miller, and his son, John Jr., whom he deeply grieved every day. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Little, his brother, Dale Miller, his best-friend-cousin, Karen Lepak, his niece, Lori (Gary) Parks, his nephew, Matt Little, and his partner-in-mischief, Tara Clos. John will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Tiffani (Dan) Cary, Faith (Mark) Dymek, Charity Howarth, Hope (Joel) Dymek and his daughter-in-law, Judy Miller. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Taylor (Katie) Howarth, Ryanne Dymek, Carson Cary, Cooper Cary and Payton Dymek.

 

No matter where he resided, John loved the great state of Oklahoma and cheering for the OU football team. One of his biggest regrets was being unable to spend the last eleven years of his life in Oklahoma. He will now be returning home to Oklahoma, as he planned. Services for John will be held in the Chapel at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 600 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon, Oklahoma, on Monday, April 11, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in remembrance.

 

Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services.