Edwin D. "Sonny" Miller passed away peacefully surrounded his family on Monday June 20, 2016. He was born July 8, 1935 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Edwin L. "Buss" and Evelyn Ruggier Miller. Ed was a retired Reading Specialist for the McKeesport Area School District with 29 years of service. He was also proprietor of Ed Miller Driving School. For 48 years, he taught thousands of students of all ages how to drive. He was a member, Elder and Trustee of the First Christian Church, McKeesport and was also a member of PSEA and NEA.
Ed was an Army National Guard Veteran. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be deeply missed by those who loved him. He left a lasting impression and it was not uncommon for him to receive a hug from a student he hadn't seen in years. He was a man of great patience and kindness. Even in his last days he had a smile for everyone involved in his care. He taught elementary kids reading during the day and teenagers to drive at night. Nothing pleased him more than preparing a family holiday dinner. It was his passion, and everyone looked forward to his famous homemade gnocchi and meatballs. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School class of 1953, California University and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the former Christy Park Panthers Football team where he proudly wore # 30 and was affectionately nicknamed "Snail". He coached Little League Baseball and Midget Football and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda Shaw Miller, daughters, Lisa (Terence) McNally of Seneca, SC, and Karyn (Steve) Featherston of Batavia, OH, son, Edwin D. (Kathlene) Miller, Jr., of North Huntingdon, grandchildren, Seth (Alyssa) Featherston, Sarah Featherston, and Amanda (Fiancé, Kyle Bianco) Featherston, Autumn, Noah, and Trinity Miller, and Jillian McNally, a great-grandchild, Aidyn Featherston, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, a nephew and his beloved pet, Zorra. Friends are welcome from 7-9 pm, Wednesday, June 22 and from 2-4 and 7-9 Thursday June 23, at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412-672-6322) Troy J. Gilbert-Director. Service will be held at the First Christian Church on Friday, June 24, at 10:00 am with Pastor Ray J. Beard, officiating. (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH). Interment with Military Honors will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 1025 McCleary Street, McKeesport, PA 15132. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Originally published June 20, 2016.