Rev. Dana C. Miller
Rev. Dana C. Miller, 75, went home to be with his Lord on April 5, 2016, following a short illness. Dana was born December 2, 1940, in Easton, Maine, the son of Cecil R. and Phyllis E. (Doak) Miller.
Dana served in the US Air Force, attended Bethany Bible College in Sussex, N.B., Canada, and studied at the Univ. of Maine. Dana was an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches USA, and during his 50 years of full-time ministry served churches in Nova Scotia, Maine, New Hampshire and, at the time of his death, he was the pastor of the Union UMC in Dadeville, AL. Dana was gifted with the compassion of a true pastor’s heart and the keynote of his lifelong ministry was to bring healing and reconciliation to both the churches he pastored as well as within the communities he served. His joy was in serving others whether it was snow plowing someone’s driveway or teaching the Word.
For over 35 years, Dana had a part-time career in Law Enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff in Piscataquis County, Maine, and as an officer with the Milford, NH, Police Dept. For many years he also served as Chaplain for the Milford Police Dept. and Emergency Services and as Chaplain for Fire Departments of Milford, Amherst and Wilton, NH. Dana attended the N.H. Police Academy and was a certified firearms instructor.
Dana was predeceased by his parents and by a sister, M. Diane (Miller) Hetherington of Ottawa, Ontario.
He is survived by his wife, Bettie K. (Stapleton) Miller of Prattville; a daughter, Alberta E. Miller of Pelham, NH; two grandsons, Matthew R. and Cody M. Bachelder of Manchester, NH; a sister, Erla-Lee (Robert) Duncan of Fort Fairfield, ME; three nephews, four nieces, ten great-grandnephews and nieces and several cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 7th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Milford United Methodist Church, 327 North River Road, Milford, NH. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.