September 25, 1954 - May 30, 2021
Leroy R. “Lee” Miller Jr., age 66, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. Lee fought a courageous battle with brain cancer - glioblastoma for three years with the same determination, competitive spirit and positivity that defined his life. His quiet caring nature, quick witted humor and helping hand will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors.
Born on September 25, 1954 in Fountain Hill, PA, Lee was a son of Leroy R. Miller, Sr. and Jean L. (Hein) Miller of Hellertown. He was a 1973 graduate of Saucon Valley High School. Lee worked his way through college holding two jobs, graduating from Northampton Area Community College and later from Penn State University. His first job post-graduation was as a store manager at Pic-way Shoe Mart and he later worked as a production planner for C.H. Masland and Sons. In 1984 he began his career in computer programming with the Naval Supply Depot in Mechanicsburg and retired in 2016 after 32 years of service. In retirement he enjoyed keeping busy working in sales support for the Fastenal Corporation.
Lee’s greatest passion was cycling. During college he worked at W.F. Schultz Bicycles in Bethlehem and in 1980 he began working for Holmes Cycling and Fitness in Camp Hill. In 1992 Lee opened the Harrisburg location of Holmes Cycling and Fitness and was Owner & Manager there for eight years. Lee enjoyed group rides and competing at the bicycle racing capital of the world, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, in the Masters category. He was an inspiration to family and friends when taking to the track, especially following his brain cancer surgery.
In addition to cycling, Lee was well known for his love of classic MG MGB British sports cars and his award winning restoration of his 1967 MGB. He completed his own body work, welding, painting, wiring, suspension, engine work, and upholstery. Lee designed and ran his own website/forum “MyClassicMG.com” helping MG enthusiasts all over the world.
Lee was a charter member of the Millersburg Velo Club; member and past President of Team Harrisburg, member of the Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution; North American MGB Register, and the Antique Automobile Club of America.
In addition to his parents, Lee is survived by his wife of 41 years, Constance “Connie” (Kleinert) Miller, a son Kyle L. Miller (Daniel J.F. Lupia) of Mechanicsburg; a daughter Abby L. Edwards (Christopher L.) of San Antonio, TX; two brothers, Jamie D. Miller of Hellertown and Jody D. Miller (Diane) of Bethlehem and a sister Lisa Fenon (Henry) of Bethlehem; in-laws: Andrew J. Kleinert (Marcia) of Warren, Stephen S. Kleinert (Donna) of Ephrata, and Kenneth C. Kleinert (Jodi) of Mechanicsburg; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Malpezzi Funeral Home, 8 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg with his pastor, Christopher Merrill, officiating. Internment will follow at Mechanicsburg Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Malpezzi Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Lee's doctors, nurses, and aids for their wonderful care and support through his battle with brain cancer. You may help Lee continue the fight by making a contribution in his honor to: The Pennsylvania State University, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, Mail Code HS20, 1249 Cocoa Ave Suite 115, PO Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033-0852, in the memo: Brain Tumor Research - Dr. Aregawi or Dr. Zacharia. Or online at engage.pennstatehealth.org/NeuroOncology- Comments: Neurosurgery - Brain Tumor Research
Published in the Patriot News and Pennlive.com