Eric William Miller was born Feb. 29, 1968, in Findlay to Rickey J. and Antonia J. (Dotson) Miller. He died late Thursday afternoon, July 29, 2021, at Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky.
Eric married Tiauna M. (Smith) Walter on April 10, 2001. She survives in Carey along with their children, Bailey (Joel) McCullough, McComb; Dustin D. Walter, Adrian; Hillary P. Walter, Toledo; Haley (Dylan) Niederkohr, Carey and Rickey McKain Miller, Carey. He is also survived by his mother, Antonia Ahlberg, Findlay; brother, Michael (Teresa) Miller, Carey; sister, Megan (Brad) Miller Knauf, Findlay; five grandsons, Finn and Coen McCullough, Eli, Easton and Ean Walter; step-brothers, Johan (Helene) Ahlberg and Robert (Maria) Ahlberg, all of Sweden and father in-law, Jack Smith, North Baltimore.
Preceding him in death were his father; grandparents, William and Shirley Dotson and Joseph and Marjorie Miller; his step-father, Timo Ahlberg and his mother in-law, Joyce E. Barger.
Eric was a 1986 graduate of Carey High School where he participated in golf, basketball and baseball. His love of baseball led to his umpiring at the high school and junior college level. For 20 years he and his wife managed the Carey Youth Baseball Program.
Eric was the ultimate Carey Blue Devil sports fan, supporting and encouraging all student athletes regardless of their sport. Not only did he display his love for his hometown, he also showed his commitment to his beloved home state through the Cleveland Browns, OSU Buckeyes and the Cleveland Indians.
Eric was a member of the 600 club in bowling and was also an exceptional golfer. His best round ever – 33 – came just a week ago.
Eric and Tiauna (the love of his life, his “bride”) enjoyed trips to Florida, day trips throughout Ohio, watching their grandsons play baseball and getting together for family weekends.
Eric was an employee of Smithfield Foods, Findlay branch. He was a member of Carey Eagles and their bowling team, Carey Athletic Boosters Club and the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation.
The family was scheduled to receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, with Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., officiating. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eric W. Miller Grandchildren’s Fund and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.