Zachary Vaughn Miller
Zachary Vaughn Miller, age 24, of Shelby, died Sunday, April 5, 2020 at The James Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. His death came after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Zach was born August 18, 1995 in Troy, Ohio to Ryan Vaughn and Melissa Gail (Watts) Miller. He attended Norwalk City Schools, graduating in 2013 from Norwalk High School, and had most recently been attending Owens Community College where he was studying to be an electrician. Zach had an engineer’s mind and was constantly tearing things apart and rebuilding. He was a sports fanatic with an absolute love for The Ohio State University Buckeyes and was also a lover of fishing and fast cars.
His personality was second to none as he lit up any room he entered with his smile and made friends with anyone he encountered as his personality was shining and welcoming. Anyone who knew Zach loved him which he made easy to do as he was always a good and loyal friend. His quick witted “smart aleck” sense of humor could never outdo his positive and fighting attitude that never was self-centered but rather was to bring comfort to those around him, especially through his illness.
Zach’s survivors include his mother: Melissa Gail (Watts) Miller of Shelby; his father and step-mother: Ryan Vaughn and Kathleen Miller of Greenville, NC; maternal grandparents: Jeannie and Eugene Case of Shelby; paternal grandparents: Karen and Richard Miller of Wooster; 2 aunts and uncles and their families: Amy and Keith Jones of Johnstown and Gayle and Jim Byrne of Wooster; and other relatives and numerous friends. His maternal grandfather, John Wayne Watts, preceded him in death.
Private funeral services will be held with the family at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Zach’s great uncle, Rev. Clarence Gresham, will officiate the services. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a public gathering and celebration of Zach’s life will be announced as soon as we are able. Zach’s burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Monroeville, Ohio.
To honor Zachary, memorial contributions may be made to his mom, Melissa Miller, and mailed to Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 for a future contribution to be made in his honor.
Friends and family are encouraged to share a memory or express a condolence at www.PenwellTurner.com