Jeremy was born on January 28, 1979, in Greenville, Ohio where he spent most of his life. He later moved to Miamisburg, Ohio where he spent his time raising his children. Jeremy moved back to Greenville a couple years ago to be closer to his family. He was proceeded in death by his grandparents William and Geraldine Neaves, grandparents Kenneth & Patricia Miller.
Jeremy is remembered as a beautiful & compassionate son, brother, father, grandchild, nephew, cousin, and a dear friend too so many. Jeremy was anything but basic, he was much bigger than that. It’s important to our family that we honor Jeremy the way that he knew us as a family. We want to honor him by uplifting peoples spirits and bringing smiles to the faces that read this. As a family we often joked with each other about the funny things we’d add to each others obituaries but never once did we think this day would come. Our hearts are hurting in ways we never imagined. As a family we will heal together and we know that Jeremy will help us along the way.
He is survived by his mother April (Neaves) Shumaker and step-father David Shumaker of Greenville, Ohio. His siblings Jamie Miller, Amber (Joshua) Deem, Alicia Miller, Jett (Tasha) Neaves and Jonathan Miller. His children Trenton and Sydney Miller. Her forever friends, Brilynn & Colten Hoyt. Many uncles, aunts and cousins whom he loved so much.
Jeremy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, Ohio where he spent much of his younger years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic School. He always had so much pride in his faith and as a young kid he took the role of an Alter boy very serious. I can honestly remember us siblings in church trying to make him laugh as he stood proud next to father. We succeeded a few times. He holds a strong faith in the Lord, the power of prayers and was a very spiritual person with the best “ghost encounter” stories ever heard but they could never complete with his UFO conspiracy theories. He was so passionate for History and enjoyed educating himself about history but not like with a textbook, he craved bigger than that and had to dig deeper. He attended Greenville Sr. High School. He played several sports as a young lad (he will not be amused I chose the word lad) but I I thought it adds character & he expects nothing less from me. Jeremy enjoyed fitness and staying active, and spent many of his years in the gym. He often bragged on how much he could bench press, and personally I think he stretched the truth a little bit but that’s okay. It’s his story and we let him tell it how he wanted & we supported him regardless. He fell off the wagon a time or two, but honestly who hasn’t. We were raised to understand that we are not perfect nor are we meant to be.
In honor of Jeremy our family would like anyone who is reading this to know that we are going make mistakes and that is okay, that there is going to be times that we fall to our knees, and that is okay too. We honor Jeremy by continuously reminding others how important they are in this world, reminding them that they are so loved. We want anyone that is reading this to please know how precious your life is to so many & that you are loved. If anyone happens to stumble upon this, that we don’t know personally, that doesn’t feel loved or worth it in this world, we beg you to reach out to us so we can remind you just how special you are. Don’t allow the pain of our loss scare you away. If you're brave enough to contact us through our storm then we promise you our family welcomes you, and we will ride out our storms together. Life is hard & life is fragile, and we all deserve to feel loved, wanted and worth it. Jeremy loved hard, and shared his love with so many. He enjoyed giving to others and loved the joy it brought to peoples lives. There isn’t many people who can say they know him without them remembering something Jeremy had given them at some point in time. His heart was bigger than life.
Jeremy loved his children very much and enjoyed watching his kids play their favorite sports. They strived at them, and they brought him happiness. He was such a proud father. He was proud of his family & his roots. He enjoyed the presence of his family & friends and enjoyed spending time with them as much as he could. Jeremy enjoyed cook-outs, tossing back cocktails, and casting a fishing line. There is just something about casting a line that brought him peace. If you knew Jeremy then you knew the passion he held for his cars was REAL. They meant something more to him than “just a car,” something that you just can’t put a price tag on. He always dressed to impress and often a little EXTRA if you know what I mean (just kidding Jeremy calm down!) Oh hell, who am I kidding, the boy was so EXTRA but it’s what made him who he was. He liked making a good impression. Jeremy believed in “paying it forward” and loved restocking the Blessing Boxes around town. He was a firm believer that it is better to give than to receive. He couldn’t hold a grudge, and was a forgiver. Nor could he keep a secret! As soon as the words “don’t tell mom,” rolled off out of our mouths, we knew in fact that he was telling mom. No matter how many times he said “I promise, I won’t,” we knew minutes later he had just by the look she’d give us. She wouldn’t mention a word about the secret until time passed and we knew it was safe to tell her. She would reply “I already knew, Jeremy told me.” However, this never stopped us from continuing to confide in him. He had a way with words and he was the type of person you wanted to tell all your secrets. He gave could advice & helped you through it. Jeremy loved his music almost as much as he loved Jesus.
Jeremy touched so many lives and he will be dearly missed by all of his family and his friends. A private memorial service will be held for close family and friends at:
Tribute Funeral Homes in Greenville, Ohio, on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.