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My Town: Cornerstone University loses a namesake
My Town: Cornerstone University loses a namesake

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Cornerstone University community is mourning the loss of a long-time trustee and supporter.

John Miller, 82, was laid to rest Wednesday in Marco Island, FL.  Miller’s influence on Cornerstone can be seen throughout campus; multiple buildings have been named after his family, including Miller Library and Miller Hall. Miller also served on the Cornerstone University Board of Trustees from 1964 to 2003. He was an honorary trustee since 2003. 

 “Besides Dr. (Wilbert) Welch, John Miller has had the most impact on this university and we have lost a dear friend,” said President Joe Stowell.

The Miller family is also responsible for numerous scholarships to CU students.

“(He was) A man of passionate faith and a tender heart-wonderfully generous, filled with wisdom, always displaying a friendly spirit. While he enjoyed life to the hilt, he could quickly be moved by the needs of others,” said Don Denyes, CU trustee and senior pastor of South Church. “I shall never forget the tears he shed when talking about a wayward loved one. He was a "Mr. Valiant for the Faith," who sought first the kingdom of God. CU has been amazingly blessed of God for the faithfulness of John Miller over so many years.”

Miller is an Allegan High School graduate.  He led multiple companies with his brothers, including Miller Energy Company in Kalamazoo and Globex Energy, Inc. in Houston.

 Miller leaves behind a wife of 63 years, Reva, and four children.

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