County Mourns Two Longtime and Respected Local Bankers: Russ Straface and David Miller

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | December 27, 2017
Together they worked more than 86 years in the banking business here in Harrison County.  And from 1974 to 1996, these two men worked together at Union National Bank in Clarksburg.
And last week family, co-workers and friends said goodbye to two of the most respected bankers in West Virginia who had died just two days apart - both after sudden illnesses.
While David Miller had retired a couple of years ago, Russ Straface was still working full time for The Harrison County Bank.
To say that Russ Straface and David Miller were respected is actually an understatement. For most of their banking careers, both men focused on loans and lending. Combined for more than 86 years of service, they were entrusted by families and business owners throughout Harrison County with their financial well being and future.
Over the years, Straface and Miller became defacto partners with hundreds and perhaps thousands of Harrison County families and business owners who trusted them with commercial, residential and personal loans. They served as an example to those employees who worked under them of just what community banking really means.
It is never easy to say goodbye to a husband, father, grandfather, co-worker, mentor or close friend...especially at Christmas time. Therefore, Connect-Clarksburg is proud to help the families and the Harrison County banking community celebrate the lives of these two gentlemen.  
Here are the obituaries for Russell Straface and David Miller. May they rest in peace.
Russell G. Straface, 68, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born in Morgantown, WV, on July 14, 1949, a son of the late Russell A. and Dora V. Baker Straface.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Virginia Kelley Straface, whom he married on September 18, 1971.

Mr. Straface is also survived by two children, Brandy Marie Straface of Clarksburg and Jeffrey David Straface and wife Kim of Clarksburg; two grandchildren, Isabella Grace Bovino and Alex Julian Bovino; one sister, Tammy Straface Strong and husband Jamie of Birmingham, AL; brother-in-law, David Kelley and wife Joey of Morgantown, WV; sisters-in-law, Nancy Kelley of Terra Alta, WV and Julie Kelley of Cumberland, MD; several nieces and nephews and his sidekick, Emmie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jeffrey Dennis Straface.

Russell graduated from St. Francis High School in Morgantown. He grew up in Star City and started his banking career in 1970 in Morgantown. He moved to Clarksburg with Union National Bank in 1974 where he worked until 1996. He then went to Harrison County Bank and was serving as Vice President and Branch Manager for the Bridgeport Office until his recent illness.

Russell was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Clarksburg Columbian Club and a former member of the Bridgeport Rotary.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 126 E. Pike Street, Clarksburg, on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Casey Mahone as celebrant.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.
David R. Miller, 79, of Shinnston passed away on Monday, December 18, 2017 at United Hospital Center.

He was born on May 6, 1938 in Shinnston to the late Ralph and Merle Morris Miller. David is survived by his loving wife Jacqueline Miller, whom he married on February 14, 1987.

David is also survived by his children, Lisa Consalvo and her husband Mike; Mike Miller; Jimmy Miller and his wife Melissa; and Erica Miller; 3 step-children, one of which he raised, Jamie Lee Ann Snedden and her husband Sean; 10 grandchildren, Courtney; Carly; Lauren; Joey; Ashton; Jasmin; Quincy; Rachel; Connor; and Athena; great-grandchild, Oliver; brother, Jimmie Miller and his wife Toni; and best friend, Don Johnson.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Ann.

David was a member of the United Methodist Church of Shinnston. He graduated from Shinnston High School. David attended Fairmont State University and West Virginia University. He graduated from West Virginia School of Banking and completed American Institute of banking courses in principles of bank operations, negotiable instruments, commercial law, analyzing financial statements and business administration.
David started his career at The Union National Bank in Clarksburg as a Teller in 1963. In 1973, he was promoted to assistant vice president and in 1979 promoted to vice president in charge of commercial and mortgage loan department. He retired after more than 38 years from Commercial Lending at Bank One on April 13, 2001.
David served three years with the United States Army, cryptography section, VII Corps Headquarters in Mohringen, Germany. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. David was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge # 52. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and fishing. David also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at Harmer Funeral Home in Shinnston on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 11 AM with Mr. Chris Campbell officiating. Interment followed at the Shinnston Memorial Cemetery.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at A service of the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.

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