Cornerstone University News

Long Time Trustee, John Miller Dies

John MillerCornerstone University is deeply saddened to announce the loss of long-time trustee and passionate supporter C. John Miller, 82, who died on March 8 in Marco Island, Fla.

Miller’s fingerprint is visible across the Cornerstone campus with multiple buildings named after his family including the prominent Miller Library and Miller Hall.

“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, of Miller who served on the board of trustees from 1964 to 2003. He served as an Honorary Trustee since 2003.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., March 12 at Marco Island Presbyterian Church in Marco Island, Fla. Miller is survived by his wife of 63 years, Reva, and his four children.

Miller’s mother, Vern, served as house mother for Quincer Hall for 18 years while multiple family members attended the university and seminary. Pickett Hall, built in 1970 was named after Ann Pickitt, wife of Allegan businessman Harry Pickitt and mother of Reva Miller, John’s wife.

CU students have been blessed with numerous scholarships formed by the Miller family.

“John was an emeritus board member when I joined the board and we were always so pleased to have him attend when he was in town,” said Steve Hawks (CU’81), chairman of the board of trustees and senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank. “His presence added depth, reason and wisdom to our discussions.  He loved Cornerstone with a great passion and was the number one fan and supporter of the school. John was a very giving man, to CU and others.”

Miller, a graduate of Allegan High School, spent his career in the oil and gas industry leading multiple companies personally and with his brothers, including Miller Energy Company in Kalamazoo and Globex Energy, Inc. in Houston.

In 1975, he received a Christian Citizenship Award from the university and the seminary. In 2000, he was honored by Cornerstone University for his integrity, excellence and significant achievements establishing the C. John Miller Business Leadership award.

“(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.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Shepherd's Ministries, 1805 15th Avenue, Union Grove, WI 53182-1597; a special ministry that touched John's heart.