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