Jeffrey Miller

June 8, 1955 - October 15, 2019
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Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Miller, 64, of Dover, passed away Tuesday afternoon, October 15, 2019, following an apparent heart attack.

Born June 8, 1955 in Canton, he was the son of the late Max T. and Anna Lou (Ellis) Miller.

Jeff started with his family business, Miller Studio Inc. (MSI), in 1969 at the age of 14 wo…

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Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Miller, 64, of Dover, passed away Tuesday afternoon, October 15, 2019, following an apparent heart attack.

Born June 8, 1955 in Canton, he was the son of the late Max T. and Anna Lou (Ellis) Miller.

Jeff started with his family business, Miller Studio Inc. (MSI), in 1969 at the age of 14 working part time cleaning the facilities. After graduating from Dover High School in 1973, he began working full time in the maintenance department repairing MSI production equipment and became a trained machinist, building custom packaging machinery used at MSI.

Jeff decided to follow his dream of pursuing a career in cabinet making and began working for a well-known cabinet shop started by Swiss Brothers and later known as Geiser and Kappler Cabinets. In 1980, Jeff opened his own custom cabinet and furniture shop, Fieldview Wood Products, and continued until returning to MSI in 2004 as plant manager, and later became Beech production manager. Jeff moved to the leadership role as president of MSI in 2008.

In 2010, Jeff also became part of his family’s parent company, MPI, as both a majority owner and member of the board of directors.

Jeff was known for his generous, quiet spirit. He was quick to help someone in need and was an avid financial supporter of groups including the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, Pathway to Wellness, Community Hospice, as well as numerous other organizations and people.

He was dedicated to the preservation and restoration of area history, including historic homes, trains, clocks, and local buildings. Jeff was an asset to The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County, sharing his knowledge and talent with the group. He also greatly enjoyed reading, collecting local arrowheads, and encouraging his children to love and ride horses.

Locally, Jeff was an active member of the Tuscarawas County Republican Party, the DCDA, and the Planning Commission for the City of Dover. He was also a member at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Previously, he was active with Junior Achievement with his daughter, Jacinda.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, the former Susan Smith. They were married in Greenup, Kentucky on July 1, 1973 after meeting on a phone call with WJER in 1970. His family also includes two daughters, Janelle (Malcolm) Miller Ritchie of Dover and Jacinda (Tori) Williams of Virginia; his son, Josiah (Ashley) Miller of Dover; his grandchildren, Evalyn, Rowan, Janeane, Ethan, Henry, and Benjamin; siblings, Dr. Terry (Dr. Sara) Miller of Kent, Ohio and Ellen Matics of Dover; his sister-in-law, Naomi (Art) Downend of New Philadelphia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Jeff was preceded in passing by his beloved daughter, Jenna A. Miller in 2013; his infant daughter, Janeen Victoria Miller; and his sister, Judy Garza in September of 2019.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover and again one hour prior to the service on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. Rev. Stephen Patrick will officiate Jeff’s service on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Dover Burial Park.

Memorial contributions in Jeff’s memory may be directed to The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County, P.O. Box 287, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663, Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Rd. NE, New Philadelphia, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

Dover Burial Park


N Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County

PO Box 287
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Tuscarawas County Humane Society

Phone: 330-343-6060

1432 Tall Timber Road NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


The Swartzwelder Family posted on 10/24/19

Susan,Jacinda,Janelle, Josiah and Family....I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one......wanted to let you all know we care very much...I can’t imagine what you are going through these days following his sudden passing...Bless each and everyone of you.


Elizabeth W Stephenson posted on 10/21/19

Jeff will be missed by many; he touched many lives. Thinking of all of the family during this difficult time.


Janice Ludwig posted on 10/20/19

Deepest sympathy to the family. I thought he was a great man.


Joyce (Lagatta) Hinds posted on 10/20/19

Susan and Family, my deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and yours. Growing up with Jeff and his family was one of the highlights of my childhood. I'll miss my friend.


June Contini posted on 10/19/19

Dear Susan & Family, My prayers of strength & comfort go out to you. There are no words to ease this sorrow. May the love of family, friends and treasured memories help you in all the days ahead. God bless you & surround you in HIs love & light. June Contini


Amy Smith posted on 10/18/19

Susan and Family...I am heartbroken to hear of Jeff's passing. He was such an asset to this community with his generous gifts of time and treasure. More than that, he loved you all with ever fiber of his being, and I know you feel the same way. No words can take this pain away, but I will continuously lift you up in prayer. Love to you all.


Danny Hilton Jr posted on 10/18/19

Dear Aunt Susan and Family' My love prayers ' compassion goes out to each and everyone who had the honor of knowing Jeff. To me Jeff was a kind' funny true gentleman who loved his family so much. He will be missed by so many. May he rest in peace and shine his light from this day forward as we should in his honor.


Beckie Grafe posted on 10/18/19

Dear Susan Janelle Jacinda Josiah and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of Jeff you were all so very proud of him. Have comfort in knowing he is reunited with Jesus and Jenna Janaan and Judy plus his parents and many other loved ones who passed on before him his banquet feast is having one heck of a party and he is not in pain and is walking the street of gold and looking at the crystal sea . One day you will be all reunited and will be one big feast for now just remember all the good times you had with Jeff. May God bless each one of you in this difficult time as you prepare to say goodbye. Love you all


adam soto posted on 10/18/19

he was a kind man that took time to be nice to everyone


Mark & Karen Gazdik posted on 10/18/19

You have our sympathy during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers for your family.


Ted Marra posted on 10/18/19

My sincere condolences for this tragic event - a good man with such outstanding contributions taken before his time. I wish the family and friends my thoughts and prayers to remain strong and continue to remember this special man.


Dave and Melanie Archer posted on 10/17/19

Dear Susan and Family Dave and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you at this very sad time in your lives...Sending you hugs and prayers of comfort.. May Jeff rest in peace....


Lori and Gerald Tutor posted on 10/17/19

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Miller family. Jeff was funny, had a quick wit and was very intelligent in so many things. He will be missed and remembered by many.


Janice Ravine Mann posted on 10/17/19

Stan Ravine & Family may the lord bless you & keep you always ! Miller Studio Family


Sue & Jim Hummel posted on 10/17/19

Susan, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. Jeff was such a kind, soft spoken soul. He was always so kind to both Jim and I. He was loved by so many and will be missed. We will be with you in spirit this coming weekend and Monday. I wish we could come up.


Tricia Hageman posted on 10/17/19

Dear Susan, I really enjoyed seeing you at the reunion! My heart aches for you. Please know I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Tricia Hageman


Barb and Steve Murphy posted on 10/17/19

So very sorry for your loss. Jeff always seemed to have such a friendly smile. Prayers to each of you.


Judy Loibl posted on 10/17/19

All my thoughts and prayers are with you Susan and the family.