Dean William Miller, 78, Port Washington, formerly of Thompson, Geauga County, passed away late Sunday night, Aug. 16, 2009, in his Port Washington residence.

Dean was born in Adams Township, Coshocton County, on Jan. 22, 1931, the son of the late Delbert C. Miller, who died in 1985, and the late Florence E. Ott Miller, who died in 2002.

He was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, Class of 1950. Dean then entered the Air Force and served his country as a technical sergeant until his discharge in 1970. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was also stationed in Turkey during his military career. He returned to civilian life and together with his wife became the owner and operator of Acres Landscaping and Miller's Garden Center, Newbury, for 22 years.

In Geauga County, he was a member of the Thompson United Methodist Church, a member and past commander of the VFW Post 1863 of Solon, a member and past commander of the American Legion Post 601, Madison, the F&AM Lodge 557 of Solon, and the Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland. He also participated in bowling leagues in Solon and enjoyed hunting as a favorite activity. In Tuscarawas County, he was a member of the Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy R. Simms Miller of Newbury, who died April 9, 1991, and whom he married Feb. 7, 1952. Also deceased are his sister, Helen Miller Potter of Amherst, who died in 2008; and a step son-in-law, Sherrell Terry of Drennen, W.Va.

Dean is survived by his second wife, Jessie Summers Marlatt Miller of Port Washington, whom he married Sept. 15, 2007.

Also surviving are his step-daughters, Patricia Terry of Drennen, W.Va., and Marcia Meeks; step-son, Jeff Marlatt; step-granddaughter, Lacy Marlatt; step-grandson, James Marlatt; step- grandchildren, Patricia (Larry) Morrison and Dwayne (Rhonda) Terry; four step-great-grandchildren, Nicole Davis, Jared Dean Baker, Shalyn Terry and Anthony Terry; two step-great-great-grandchildren, Rease Davis and Kelsey Baker; his brother-in-law, Carl Potter of Amherst; and Dean's special companion, his female black Labrador, Gamma.

Funeral services to celebrate Dean's life were Aug. 20 at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Pastor Gregg Kelly officiated.

Burial followed in the Munn Cemetery, Newbury, Geauga County.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Dean's name to the Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 201 W. Third St., Dover, OH 44622.