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Zane Miller, civic leader, dies

September 22, 2000

Zane Miller, civic leader, dies



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Zane A. Miller, who died Thursday at age 83, was described as a friend, community leader and "the father of economic development in Franklin County," by those who knew and worked with him.

Miller died at the Menno Haven Nursing Home where he had been living since suffering a debilitating stroke in 1995.

A highly decorated World War II veteran, Miller spent much of his life volunteering in social, civic and economic development aspects of his community.

"Zane Miller made a major impact on this county," said L. Michael Ross, executive director of the Franklin county Area Development Authority, an agency Miller chaired for years. Miller was chairman of the search committee that interviewed and recommended that Ross be hired for the FCADC post.

"Zane was a big supporter of the corporation," Ross said. "He really helped to legitimize our whole setup. He was a friend and a confidant to me and to a lot of people.

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"I have a great affection for him. The last five years were tragic for him and his family."

Organizations Miller led or served in included Franklin County Planning Commission, the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, Waynesboro Hospital Board, Penn Laurel Girl Scouts, Waynesboro YMCA, Citizens National Bank of Southern Pennsylvania, Waynesboro American Red Cross and United Way of Waynesboro. He also was a member of the Waynesboro Area School District.

State Sen. Terry Punt called Miller a "pillar of the community. He was active, forceful and always in command. He did so much in the area of economic development."

Punt said Miller founded the Zullinger Water Authority that brought public water to more than 400 Zullinger residents, and helped start the Zullinger Community Center.

"He was a good, decent individual who cared deeply about his community," Punt said.

"His stamp is on every major industrial project in this county up to five years ago when he got sick," said Michael Christopher, manager for Washington Township.

Miller was a member of the Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15 in Waynesboro and the William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695 in Waynesboro.

A U.S. Army veteran, he was in the Normandy Invasion and participated in the fighting across Europe during World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. Miller was awarded six Bronze Stars.

After the war, he and a partner, Edgar H. Hykes, started the Waynesboro Electric Co. Miller retired in 1988.

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