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In Loving Memory


Dianne Elizabeth Dean Miller
3/24/1947 - 2/9/2013

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Dianne Elizabeth Dean Miller, age 65, of Knox, passed away Saturday morning, February 9, 2013, following a long and courageous battle. Her family was by her bedside.

Born March 24, 1947 in Brookville, she was a daughter of the late Ernest C. and B. Jean Grube Dean.

She married Rodney Dean Miller on June 14, 1969 and he survives.

Dianne was the librarian for the Cranberry School District for 35 years. She was an avid reader and was known for reading every book in her school libraries.

She, along with her husband, developed RDM Wildbunch Whitetails and the RDM Goliath Hunting Ranch. Dianne and Rod were both members of the founding committee of The Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association, of which she was the secretary.

She was a member of the North American Deer Farmers Association and held memberships in many out of state deer organizations.

Dianne was also a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Knox, having served on the church council and in the church library as well as teaching Bible School, Sunday School and serving on various committees within the church. She was very active in the life of the church.

She was a lifelong and avid lover of horses and an accomplished Horsewoman with a membership in the Quarter Horse Association. She also enjoyed riding with the “Horsey” Girls and attending horse shows with her granddaughters.

Dianne enjoyed working alongside her family each summer raising fawns. She loved family gatherings, playing cards and traveling to numerous islands and their beaches.

Survivors include her husband, Rod and their daughter, Vicki Lee Cotton and her husband, Jerry, of Knox; three granddaughters: Jessica, Paige and Sarah; her siblings, Nancy Banner and her husband, Ted, of Knox; James Dean and his wife, Kimberly, of Shippenville and Susan Bertozzi and her husband, Donald, of Slippery Rock.

Dianne is also survived by her mother-in-law, Ellen Miller of Knox and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, John Miller.

Family and friends will be received from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1051 Twin Church Road, Knox.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Reverend Karen Parsh, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, will officiate over the service.

Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given in the name of Dianne Elizabeth Dean Miller to the Knox Public Library, P.O. Box 510, Knox, PA 16232 or the Clarion Cancer Center Radiation Unit Fund, 150 Doctors Lane, Clarion, PA 16214.

Online condolences may be sent to Dianne’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com

Online Condolences


From:  Jackie Deitz   Tionesta PA


Relationship:  Friend



Jack and I want to offer our condolences to Dianne's family. To Rodney and Vicky; and Nancy, Jim, and Susan our deepest sympathy.

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Denny Lamb   Tionesta Pa


Relationship:  friend



Rod and family, So very sorry to read Dianne's passing. She was such a good person who left her mark on the world with her service to her church, school, community, etc and touched so many lives in a positive way. My thoughts are with each of you at this most difficult time.

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Peggy Grady Ashbaugh   Tampa Florida


Relationship:  Friend



I fondly remember Dianne for her friendliness to everyone. She always liked animals and I think of the rabbits she had during our school years. She will be greatly missed. My prayers and sympathy to her husband and family.

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Beth Walker   Odessa Florida


Relationship:  Childhood friend



I'm terribly sorry to hear of Dianne's passing. She taught me everything I know about horses and strip mining. I was so glad I saw her on my last visit to Knox some years ago. She was still doing what she loved. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  John Ward   Plain City Ohio


Relationship:  Friend



Diane, you will be missed by many close friends. Thank you for all you did for all of us.

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Paul & Liz Keller   Womelsdorf PA


Relationship:  Deer farmer friend



So sorry Rod Our condolence! God's peace rest upon you & family!

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Jason Pollock   Parker PA


Relationship:  Deer Farmer



Im so sad to here the passing of Dianne. She was a great person and a wonderful deer farmer. She loved her fawns! My thoughts are with your family!

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Mike & Angie Kerry   Evans Mills NY


Relationship:  Friend



Rod, We are very sorry to hear about Dianne. She will be greatly missed. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May God give you the strength to carry you thru this time of sorrow.

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Faron Yoder   middlebury indiana


Relationship:  friend



Praying for you Rod. It is with incredible fondness and admiration that I remember her never ending kindness. She is missed and always will be. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Sent:  2/11/2013


From:  Marta Dennis TX Deer Association   San Antonio TX


Relationship:  "Deer" Friend



Rod, we are very sorry to hear about Dianee. She was a great person and will be missed dearly. TDA's staff has you and your family in our prayers. God Bless you all.

Sent:  2/12/2013


From:  Vance & Kristin Martin & Family   Midland South Dakota


Relationship:  Friend



Rodney, Vicki and Families We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Dianne was a great lady and we know Grandma J was waiting to welcome her. Know you can count on us for anything.

Sent:  2/12/2013


From:  Michelle McCleary Reid   Strattanville PA


Relationship:  family friend



I am so sorry to hear of Dianne passing. I grew up with Vicki and across the road from Jerry. I was lucky enough to meet Dianne on several occasions. She always had a smile and something nice to say. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you and comfort you at this time. If I can do anything, please contact me.

Sent:  2/13/2013


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