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Glenn Ithamar Miller, the only child of Margaret Hauck Miller and Edgar Warren Miller,  grew up on Long Island, NY in the village of Valley Stream. He received a B.S. from Tusculum College, a B.D. from Yale Divinity School, an S.T.M. from New York Theological Seminary along with a certificate in pastoral counseling from the New York Post Graduate Center of Mental Health, and a D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary. He was ordained a United Methodist Minister in 1969, serving as an assistant pastor at Stratford United Methodist Church in CT from 1969 – 1973, and a pastor of Newtown United Methodist Church in CT from 1973 -1977. In 1977, he received a commission in the Navy and served as a Navy Chaplain for 21 years providing ministry to various Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corp units and their families. His military commendations include Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, and Humanitarian Medal. In 1997 he became the pastor of The Village Chapel in Pinehurst, NC (an interdenominational church) and served that community for 10 years.

In 2007, Glenn and his wife moved to Bluffton, SC. He was elected and appointed as the national chaplain for the Military Officers Association of America for a 6-year term. During that time, Glenn also served on that organization’s national board of directors. In 2015, he and his wife moved to Bermuda Village, a retirement community located in Bermuda Run, NC. While living there he and his wife co-chaired the Chapel Program. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was active in the Tarheel Chapter of MOAA. He authored two books, The Hosea Model for Marriage (published in 1998) and Living a Balanced Life (published in 2015). In 2021, Glenn and Betty moved back to Beaufort, SC where he was active at Carteret Street United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Miller; his son, Stephen Todd Miller and wife Dawn from Bellingham, MA; his son, Aaron Glenn Miller and wife Karen from Beaufort, SC; and his daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Jones and husband Jeff Jones from Jamestown, NC; and five grandchildren, Jonah Miller, Anna Miller, Luke Miller, Hope Miller, and Jacob Jones.

A memorial service for Glenn will be held 2:00 Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Carteret Street United Methodist Church, 408 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC.

Online Condolences

  1. Walter Bull says:

    It was a privilege to know him. Rest in Peace. Walter Bull

  2. Charlotte Bell says:

    Glenn and Betty were good friends and tennis partners in Bermuda Run, NC. My condolences.

  3. Ursula Clark says:

    Kindly accept my and my husband, Everett’s , heartfelt sympathy to you , Betty, and to your family.
    With warm regards,
    Su Clark

  4. Scott & Joy Mathis says:

    No words can express our sadness at loosing Glen. Our prayers are with Betty and the family for their courage and strength as our Lord holds them in His precious hands. Much love ~ Scott & Joy

  5. Bill and Louise Bazemore says:

    We are truly sad to hear of Glenn’s passing. He was a truly wonderful man. Our hearts hurt for all your family.

  6. George Hull says:

    Glenn and I were next door neighbors and carpoolers while stationed at US Naval Facility, Brawdy, Wales, UK. Navy Chaplains are vitally important as life counselors to our young Sailors and Marines stationed far away from home and Glenn was the best I’ve experienced in my 33 years of active duty. I loved his sermons on Sundays and always felt renewed after our chats on the drive home after a long day at work. And, Man, could he and Betty dance! Congratulations, Glenn, on a life well-lived.
    George R. Hull, CAPT, DC, USN, (Ret)

  7. Alice J Irby says:

    I mourn our loss. Glenn was a source of wisdom and stability

  8. Ina and John Owen says:

    Your loss is incalculable, we miss Glenn’s friendship, wisdom, and general love of life. His deep fund of jokes always made our meetings special. His deep love of life and of his fellow man and women made him special.
    May he rest in peace.
    Ina and John Owen

  9. Chuck & Carol Martin says:

    Betty & Family: Carol and I send our sincere condolences to you at the passing of Glenn. We served together on the MOAA National Board for two years when Glenn was National Chaplain. We enjoyed his thoughtful words and positive attitude in all our dealings. His life was filled with service and commitment both in and outside the USN. We offer our prayers to you and trust the faith you exhibit, and the strength of family and friends will provide mutual support to handle this loss.

  10. Bob Phillips says:

    One of the good guys, faithful to Christs and caring for all, a team in every way with Betty. Blessings to his memory from this fellow UM Navy chaplain.

  11. Norm Holcomb says:

    Glenn and I served as chaplains to the Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. We were also neighbors in the Jacksonville community. Glenn was a good friend and colleague. May the grace and peace of God be with the family.
    Norm Holcomb, PhD
    CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret)

  12. Henri Weems says:

    So sad to read of Glenn’s passing. We met each other as Rankin Hall dorm mates when three of us (Glenn-NY, Danny Simone-NJ, and Henri -VA) showed up at college with the same identical corduroy suit. All three of us later served with the Navy, unfortunately Danny was lost as a Corpsman in Vietnam. Glenn and I met up years later at the National Naval Med Center-Bethesda (now Walter Reed Nat Med Ctr) where he served as a hospital Chaplain and I worked as Research Chemist in the medical school. We later had a good time at college 50th reunion talking about college days and Navy duty. Then while at HHI/SC we visited with Glenn and Betty at their Bluffton home. In early college days he told me that his mother knew the original Glenn Miller and named him in respect for the musician. It must be a true story as he always smiled and seemed to be “ In The Mood”. What a great guy!

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