COLDWATER -- Wayne E. Miller, 80, of Coldwater, died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Celina Manor.
He was born February 10, 1933, in Henry County, Ohio, to the late Edmund J. and Hilda (Dehnke) Miller. He married Margaret Damman on May 1, 1955, in Henry County, Ohio. She survives in Coldwater.
He is also survived by two daughters, Pamela (Keith) Fledderjohann, St. Marys, Ohio and Lynne Miller, Celina, Ohio; three grandchildren, Matthew (Melanie) Fledderjohann, Columbus, Ohio, Megan (Revillo) Stevens, Stryker, Ohio, Alicia Fledderjohann, St. Marys; in-laws, Marcella (Marvin) Badenhop, Delta, Ohio, Delbert (Marian) Damman, Napoleon, Ohio, Diana (Roger) Grim, New Bavaria, Ohio, Donna (Jerry) Drewes, Napoleon, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina. He was a graduate of Ridgeville High School, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, where he held the Henry County basketball scoring title for 62 years. He graduated from the University of Toledo with three degrees in education (bachelor, master and specialist) and earned a UT Rockets Varsity "T." He served in active duty at Fort Knox, Ky., for six months in 1956.
For 37 years, he served various schools in northwest Ohio. For 10 years he served in Paulding County with nine years at Auglaize Brown Local as a teacher, coach, and principal and one semester at Blue Creek as a teacher. He was a high school principal at North Baltimore Schools for two years, one year at Woodville Local as superintendent, three years at Woodmore Local, Elmore, Ohio, as superintendent, four years at Huron City schools as superintendent, two years as an assistant superintendent at Fostoria City Schools, and he finished his career at Coldwater High School for 15 years until his retirement in 1992.
He was a former member of the Coldwater Kiwanis, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and American Association of School Administrators. After his retirement, he spent several years supervising student teachers at Wright State University, Lake Campus, Celina, Ohio. He was the president and general manager of the Grand Lake Mariner Baseball team from 1995-2010, and was inducted into the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Celina, with Rev. Jeff Gramza officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina. Friends may call on Thursday from 3-8 p.m. at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, and on Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church.
Memorials may be made to the bell tower fund at St. John Lutheran Church and State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences may be left at hogenkampfh.com.