John L. Miller, a retired chemical engineer, died Friday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.
He was born in Huntington on Long Island, where he attended high school.
He joined the Navy in April 1945 and served stateside until his honorable discharge in August 1946. He served in the Naval Reserve until 1954.
Mr. Miller earned a chemical engineering degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1949.
He joined the former Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp. in Niagara Falls in 1953 and remained there until his retirement from its successor company, Occidental Chemical Corp., in 1982. He had lived in Lewiston since 1961.
He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Peter's Catholic Church, where he was a member and past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Mr. Miller also was a past commander of the Niagara Power Squadron and a former member of the Youngstown Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Ella M. Styhr; three daughters, Janet Ann of Parlin, N.J., Randi Jean Kiley of Gaithersburg, Md., and Barbara Black of Youngstown; three sons, Richard W. of Hot Springs, Ark., David J. of Jim Thorpe, Pa., and Scott L. of Albany; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Peter's Catholic Church, 620 Center St.