Eldon Leon Miller

Eldon Leon Miller, 77, of The Villages, Fla., and formerly of Gettysburg, Ohio, passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Fla.

Eldon was born June 7, 1935, in Gettysburg, Ohio, to the late Millard and Miriam (Sanderson) Miller.

Eldon is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Ferrey) Miller, whom he married Jan. 20, 2005; a brother and sister-in-law, Merlin and Maxine Miller of Bradford, Ohio; a sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Omer Holsapple of Bradford, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eldon received his BS Degree at Manchester College, MA Degree at Miami University, and PHD at New Mexico State. Eldon taught and coached at Gettysburg, Westmont and Greenville Schools. Eldon was the Dean of Students at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas, Professor in the PHD Program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., and was instrumental in helping with the setup of Community Colleges on Indian Reservations. Eldon was involved in the American Council on Education and Council on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. Eldon retired in 2000 as President of West Virginia University in Parkersburg, W.Va. with 18 years of service.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, with Pastor John Sgro and Pastor Bob Bitner officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery in Gettysburg, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com