Zachary Dennis Miller, 51, of Strasburg and formerly of Leesburg, passed away on Sunday, October 13th.
A funeral service for Zach will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Stover Memorial Chapel in Strasburg, VA. The family will receive friends Saturday, at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service. Zach will be laid to rest in Riverview Cemetery in Strasburg.
Zach was an alumnus of Paul VI High School as well as George Mason University, where he completed his bachelor's degree, double majoring in English and psychology. Zach earned his MA in English, with a specialization in the works of William Styron and a concentration in teaching, at James Madison University, where he also completed graduate work in education.
Zach served at the DEA before pursuing his graduate education. After legal writing and Reuters New Media roles, Zach focused on his passion for teaching. His first battle with cancer, in 2003, shifted his interests and career toward nutrition, so that he could counsel others also facing serious health problems.
Zach is remembered for his great wit, intelligence, writing talents, and humor as well as his open and kind nature. These qualities contributed to his success as both a published and award-winning poet and as a gifted storyteller.
Zach's passions for music, philosophy, and film contributed to his ability to connect with diverse groups of people, while his iron will sustained both his individualism and his ability to fight daunting health challenges. Zach is survived by his devoted partner, Rachael Hammond, of Strasburg, and his proud parents Dennis and Judith Miller, of Bluemont, as well as several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Pallbearers will be George Marble, Frank Monastero, Michael Monastero, Michael Slivinski, John Sweeney, and Doug Zehner, as well as Doug Burton, Mike Morrissette, Mike Reynolds, and Rob Wynn
You may submit condolences directly to the family online at www.stoverfuneralhome.com
Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Zach D. Miller.
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