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Miller, Eli M. (1934-1954)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Jul 29 p. 1

Birth date: 1934

text of obituary:

Two PAX Men Drowned

Tragic Accident In Greece on Friday, July 23, Claims Lives of Amish Youths

Akron, Penna. — Eli M. Miller, 20, and Simon D. Miller, 23, PAX men serving in Greece, lost their lives as a result of drowning on the evening of Friday, July 23.

This was the extent of the information concerning their deaths which reached Mennonite Central Committee headquarters Saturday noon, July 24. MCC personnel were deeply moved upon receiving this information and extend deepest sympathy to the families and friends of these men.

Eli M. Miller was the son of Mose D. Miller, Route 1, Fairbanks, Iowa, and a member of the Maysville Conservative Amish Mennonite church, Mt. Eaton, Ohio. He sailed for Europe on April 2, 1953, and served at Backnang, Germany, before transferring to the project in the village of Panayitsa, Greece.

Simon D. Miller was the son of Dennis J. Miller, Route 1, Kalona, Iowa, and a member of the Middle West Sharon Old Order Amish group. He left for Europe on Oct 8, 1952, and like young Miller worked at Backnang before transferring to Panayitsa.

These men were working with other PAX personnel in Panayitsa in various agricultural experimentation, food preservation, and nursing projects in behalf of poor Greek villagers. They had been selected for service in Greece because of their dependable work in the PAX program in Germany. These youths are the first PAX men to be taken by death. They are the third and fourth I-W men to be called by death, and interestingly enough, all four I-W’s have lost their lives by drowning.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Aug 12 p. 3

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