Rev. Dr. Charles (Chuck)William Miller Jr, 85, of Mt. Bethel, PA,
entered into eternal life on Wednesday, January 31. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 20th, at 1 p.m. at Knowlton United Methodist Church, Rt. 94, Blairstown, NJ. Visitation will be held an hour both before and after the service on February 20th. Newbaker Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements.
Chuck was born in Belleville, NJ to Charles Sr. and Lillian (nee Steinert) on August 27, 1932. He graduated from Washington High School (NJ) in 1950. He graduated from Drew University in 1955 with a B.A., Rutgers University M.A. 1961, Drew University, B.D. 1964, and New York University PhD. 1980.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carol (nee Beam), of Mt. Bethel PA, children Vicki Miller Brendler (Larry), Charles William, III (Carrie), Daniel Russell, Mark Andrew (Michael), Susan Jill, and Sung Joe Kang; grandchildren, Sarah Kinzel (Kurt), Rebecca Bleck (Ryan), Rachel Melick (William), Jessica Naulty (Howard), Nicole, Amanda, Alexandra, Ashley, Aylse Miller Murden, Keith Miller Murden, Jennifer Kang, and five great grandchildren, Elijiah and Nathan Kinzel, Alyssa and Kristie Naulty, and Beth Ann Bleck. He is predeceased by his daughter, Mary Beth, and his brothers Howard and David, his sister in-law and brother in-law Merle and Jack Finston, as well as his parents and in-laws, Russell and Bernice Beam.
Chuck was a pastor in the United Methodist Church for over 40 years. He served churches in Plainfield, Berkeley Heights, Montville, Blairstown, Flanders/Drakestown, Buttzville/Free Union, and Port Murray/Mt Bethel. He served on the Northern New Jersey conference staff as Program Director for Nurture. During that time, he was a formation leader for Camp Aldersgate and its staff. He also taught high school English, Intro to Speech at Keane University, and Christian education at New Brunswick Seminary. In retirement he had a ministry of assisting clergy and congregations with fiscal accountability and tax issues.
Chuck was known in his ministry to be an advocate for social justice, always courageously fighting for the disenfranchised. Some of his notable accomplishments were the feeding programs he established in Plainfield in 1990 (active to this day) and the vision for Covenant Manor, a United Methodist senior housing project built next to Covenant United Methodist Church in Plainfield.
Chuck enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing. He and Carol had a special summer house in the Catskills on Pleasure Lake NY for almost thirty years. A lifelong avid reader, he and Carol enjoyed daily crossword puzzles, enjoyed raising and playing with their family pet dogs, traveling, leisurely boat rides, and above all, spending time with family.
Memorial donations may be made to Drew Theological School student scholarship fund, and/or to Planned Parenthood.