Ralph H. Miller

Ralph H. Miller, Scranton, died Wednesday in the Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center.

Born October 2, 1929 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Ralph and Elizabeth Edwards Miller.   Educated in Scranton schools, Ralph went on to work for many years at the former Art Douglass Children’s Shoe Store.

Surviving are his niece in law Lynn Dietrich; great nieces Heather Bresser and her husband Rick and Rebecca DeVitto;  great nephew Stephen Dietrich and his companion Lorie Lapka;  great great niece and nephews Ryan and Emily Bresser and Michael DeVitto.

He was also preceded in death by his sister Audrey Dietrich and his nephew Fred Dietrich.

Services and interment will be held private at the convenience of the family.


  1. Anne

    Fond memories of Ralph sitting at Mansour’s counter on his afternoon coffee and ice cream break. Always a gentleman.

  2. Gayle Smith Padfield

    I have many find memories of our Elmhurst neighbor. Even as teens Nancy Jankauskas and I would go to the shoe store to see Buddy and get our pretzel stick. He was a true gentleman.

  3. Linda Stangline

    Many fun memories of buying shoes from this great gentleman. He always played a little joke which got my boy’s cooperation. Loved his sense of humor.

  4. Ann Monsky

    My names is Ann Lebowitz Monsky, as a point of reference, I am 66 years old. I just saw Ralph’s picture in today’s Scranton Times and immediately knew who this was. Of course, reading the obit confirmed my reaction.
    All my shoes as a child were from Art Douglass. Memories are not only of the high seats and fun climbing to them, the rocking horse, the pretzels and the murals, and the silver metal shoe sizer, but of Ralph. He was so kind and patient and happy, and , as I always tell Don Douglas ( Art & Reba’s son ), Ralph was the best shoe tier ever!
    May his memory be for a blessing for his family. The memory for me is a fond one.
    Most sincerely,
    Annie L.M.
    Ps. I can even describe some of my fav shoes from my childhood which he helped me get

  5. Karen DiPietro

    Many fond memories of shoe shopping and Ralph was always so nice.Can’t believe what a small world it is since I ended up working with Lynn,Steve and Lorie.

  6. Joann Cron

    The world has lost a kind heart and a man who was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. My first thought I had when I saw his photo was how everyone loved the Art Douglas
    Shoe Store because of him. Purchasing new shoes was always a pleasure because he MADE it that way. He was so patient as he measured the sometimes unco-operative wiggly little feet that only wanted to run on the steps or ride the horse. He always managed to get a smile and a perfect fit for each of his little customers. Everyone was treated like family and the kids loved those pretzels he handed out. He always left us with a joke and lookinn forward to our next visit. May you Rest In Peace Uncle Bud. I am positive you are an angel because of all the hearts you touched.

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