Date of death: 3/28/2011

Saint Meinrad Class: C 1983

From Rev. Randy Miller, who split his time between St. John and St. Mary Catholic churches, died Monday evening from a massive heart attack suffered during Mass on Saturday.An Allegiance Health house shift manager confirmed his death at 8 p.m., saying the 50-year-old priest had just died.Miller had been on life support at Allegiance, said Rev. Jim Shaver, the pastor at St. John. It was assumed Miller had serious brain damage.While giving out communion at the 5:30 p.m. Mass Saturday at St. Mary, 301 S. Mechanic St., Miller felt light-headed. He handed the host to someone nearby, sat down in the front pew and collapsed, Shaver said.Obviously, people are staggered,” Shaver said earlier Monday. “It happened so suddenly.”John Scott, a St. Mary parishioner who was at the mass, said Miller was not breathing and had no pulse. A nurse who was there gave him chest compressions, and another person “gave him breath” until emergency workers arrived, Scott said.The Rev. Cecilio Reyna was there and gave the last rites, Shaver said.”Father Randy, he is well-loved by the parishioners,” said Scott, who was born and raised in the church.Scott said he and others stayed after mass to pray for Miller.Shaver said Miller, a smoker with diabetes, had been in poor health.From Randy Miller – Surrounded by his family and fellow clergy, Father went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 28, 2011 age 50 years. Survived by his siblings, Joe (Irene) Miller, Bill (Carolyn) Miller, Jerry (Bev) Miller, Carl Miller, Marie (Dave) Williams and Pat (Diane) Miller; numerous nieces, nephews, church and family members. Preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Marian Miller. Father Randy was ordained a Catholic Priest on June 10, 1989. He served at many parishes in the Lansing Diocese and for the past eight years at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In addition, Father also served as Associate Pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Most Reverend Earl Boyea, Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing officiating. Interment St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing Friday at 3:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. John Church Heritage Fund or St. John Elementary School would be appreciated.The family will receive friends at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. To send condolences to the family go to or Funeral Home Family owned for 121 yearsPublished in Jackson Citizen Patriot on Mar. 30, 2011″