Patriot News – February 5, 2013
James Robert “L.J.” Clipp-Miller, 23, of Lewisberry, died Sunday, February 3, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was employed by Kline Landscaping, and H and N Landscaping, both of Mechanicsburg; a member of the 2008 graduating class of Red Land High School, Lewisberry, the Harrisburg Rugby Football Club, and a former member of the Red Land Midget Football and Baseball programs. Born on August 27, 1989, he was the son of Jami L. Miller of Etters and the late James E. Miller. L.J. was also preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Walter E. Miller.
In addition to his mother, surviving are a brother, Jacob A. Clipp-Miller of Etters; a sister, Jacqulyn L. Miller of Etters; Jami’s companion, Jeff C. Umlauf of Etters; maternal grandmother and step grandfather, Connie L. and Jay E. Gruber of Lewisberry; maternal grandfather and step grandmother, Robert E. and Ella Clipp of Emigsville; paternal grandmother, Marylou Miller of Etters; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday in Yocumtown Church of God, 160 Red Mill Road, Etters. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services in the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Harrisburg Rugby Football Club, P.O. Box 161 Federal Square Station, Harrisburg, PA 17108.
For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.Parthemore.com.
On behalf of reading rugby we send you guys our condolences LJ was a great man. We’re sry for your loss. Our prayers go out to your team his friends and family. – Jason Bartlow
I was so sad to hear about the death of another Harrisburg rugger, L J Miller. Mike Sholtis’s death was the wake up call last fall that got me involved again with all my old rugby friends. Sometimes life is like a roller coaster. We were all having such a great time at the banquet. It was like back in the day. And then this, the very next day.
I just would like to say that I learned more about life from my rugby friends than anywhere else. I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and law school at Widener, but my real education in life and living didn’t begin until I got involved with rugby. If we learn anything from this, it is to appreciate your friends and family and live every day to the fullest as long as you live. Rest in peace. – Jim Dopkin
Condolences on your loss Harrisburg. – Jim Hegarty
Rest in peace my friend will never be forgotten – Jon Rehkugler
I had the pleasure of meeting LJ when I was his teacher at Red Land High School. I remember thinking what a character he was. At the time, I don’t think rugby was even on LJ’s radar. He eventually came out for West Shore United and I’m pretty sure he puked at his first practice. I don’t think running was something his body was used to. I figured he would never come back, but he did. He continued to show up once in awhile, and played in a few B side matches and made a lot of new friends. He was a definitely a good character to have around the team. He got more serious about rugby after graduation and I’m so happy that he found a rugby family with Harrisburg RFC where he really blossomed into a very solid player. All the current West Shore players remember LJ as the crazy, barefoot guy that would run touch at our home matches. Ironically, the last time I saw him was at the WSU Alumni match for our other fallen brother Ryan Heffernan that was taken away way too soon in a car crash. I’m so, so sad that another young player, young man and friend has left us too soon. I’m really going to miss him. – Sean Robinson
I only knew you for a year, but with your personality it seemed like a lifetime. Harrisburg Rugby Football Club has lost a brother. You will be missed, L.J. – Eric Kovac
We still can’t believe you’re gone. We’re all just waiting for you to cone back from wherever you’ve been, and just walk in the house and smile, and laugh. Its a punch to the stomach to know that you won’t. You were the best friend anyone could ask for, and the best uncle our daughter could have asked for. We have the ultimate guardian angel.
~ Kris&Keri Caddy, Etters, Pennsylvania
LJ we all miss u and will love you forever you will never be forgotten you will be in our hearts forever
Jami, so sorry for for your loss! my thoughts and prayers to you and your family!
~ Chad Baker, Enola, Pennsylvania
Lj, I regret loosing touch with you after church.I always looked forward to church when you and Jake were there. I won’t forget the concert us three were at for Jake’s birthday. look after your brother and sister
LJ, it’s been a tough week for a lot of us dealing with this loss. My thoughts go out to your family and wish them well in coping. You were a great friend, and I’ll never forget your goofy smile, infectious laugh and glorious beard. This season and every season after I’ll be playing for you.
~ Tyler Dinsmore, Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!! Very sorry for your loss of someone so young and full of life and ambition!!
~ Rose Lindsey – Gephart
So sorry for your loss
~ Steph Williams, Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
Jami and Family, We are truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you!
~ Tanya Alfery, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Jamie and kids, its hard to wrap my head around this. I am so sorry hon. I wont be able to make the service because of illness. Keeping you in my prayers. Love you all.
~ Lisa walters, Etters, Pennsylvania
Jami, wishing you and your family love and I pray for some peace in your hearts. I am so sorry.
~ Lynn Gribbin
You will be missed on the pitch.
~ Old Gaelic Rugby, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
LJ was my daughter Lindsay’s friend and our adopted son. We love you so much LJ and we miss not being able to see you, but know that you will always be in our hearts and prayers. We love you son.
Lindsay’s mom and dad
L. J. It is such a shame for your life to be so short when you had such an impact on everyone you met. I am so grateful to have known you and Loved You. You had grown up to be an amazing young man.As you know your Mom and your entire family are just an extension of my heart.I feel as if I have lost one of my own.I hope we all learn to enjoy everyday like you did.God Rest Your Soul…Love ” Aunt Vivi”
~ Vivian Cullison, West Monroe, Louisiana
I am so, so sorry for your loss. I think of you all so often. you have so many good memories to look back on, I have been thinking about my memories with you all today and I have been so blessed to have known LJ and had him in my life for a short while. He was such a blessing. I loved him dearily as I love all of you.
God be with you in this hard time and may he give you peace.
Love, hugs and kisses
Jami, Jake, Jackie, Connie and Jay,
I am so sorry for your loss.. I remember L.J. as a sweet young man. My heart goes out to all of you.
~ Randa Todd, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
We truly know what your family is going through at this time. May God keep your faith strong and your love in each other stronger. You will be in our thoughts and prayers and know that life and love remains.
~ s n, york haven, Pennsylvania
Jami ~ sending you much sympathy and a warm hug. Thinking of you!
~ Courtney Mohn, Goldsboro, Pennsylvania
L.J. you will be sorely missed. We will always remember you on the Rugby pitch. My thoughts and prayers go with deep sorrow to the family
Always, Gilbert HRFC
LJ, My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
~ Aaron Skonecki, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
LJ, your great sense of humor and kindness will be missed. My condolences to your family.
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
By Lamaretta Simmons
~ Bob and Susan Kent, Etters, Pennsylvania
LJ, the man that could make me laugh on those cloudy days. You were a little kid in a grown mans body with a big heart of gold. I remember making trips with you to Taco Bell while you would just jam out with the music blaring singing every word to every song. You and I clicked so well. I can still hear that laugh and see that goofy smile. Your definitely one of the best guardian angels ever. Rest easy bud. I miss & love you. Fly high and keep on rocking hard
Still don’t wanna believe your gone bud, the best times with you was when you lived here having another brother figure around the house was great and you were deff that guy to go to. You have always been here to talk to, give great advice and everything you had the biggest heart ive ever known you were always the one to make anyone smile or laugh and you were always willing to give your hand out to help with anything. Im glad you can finally be happy tho and be with your dad i know you always talked about him. we all miss you like crazy tho!!! Love you and miss you bud fly high <3 ~ April & Lexie, Marietta, Pennsylvania
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
Heaven’s gained another angel… Rest in peace LJ!
Praying that God brings peace and comfort to all who were blessed to know such a great person.
~ Melissa, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Jay and Connie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am very sorry to hear about your loss.
~ Elke Quiles, Portsmouth, Virginia
Lj you were a great person with an enormous heart and a personality unlike anyone I know. You will be truly missed. Rest in peace
~ Cortney Wentz, Wellsville, Pennsylvania
Rest easy LJ! I can remember when we were best friends. We lost touch over the last couple years and I regret that. You were so fun to be around and a nice caring person. I know your up there looking down on all of us. You will be missed by many thats for sure. Rest Easy Buddy!
~ Anthony Fisher, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
You were such a good man. I could always count on you to make me laugh or listen to me vent. I miss you more than you know. RIP.
~ Amanda Q, Etters, Pennsylvania
Jamie and Jeff and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in your hearts and prayers. We are here for you.
Chuck and Kathy Steiner
Jamie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Dru Anavitarte, etters
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time… He was a special guy and will be missed.
~ Vickie Hardy, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
To Jami, Jake, Jackie, Connie and Jay,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. We have many memories of “LJ” that we will cherish
Leon and Paula Eckman
Rest in peace Lj, you will be missed by many. You were such a sweetheart and a funny person to be around.
~ Jackie Branyan, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
I remember when I first met LJ my junior year at Red Land. He was such a funny guy to be around, he knew how to make people laugh. Also he was a sweetheart and was there if you needed him to be.
~ Jackie Branyan, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
You were an amazing person and you’ll be missed by so many! Look down over your family! My prayers go out to your family! Miss you bud
~ Sara, York Haven, Pennsylvania
I always got excited to see LJ was there at church on Wednesday nights. He was one of the nicest people I ever met. He will be deeply missed. I am very sorry for your loss.
Prayers are sent to the family. We are sorry to hear of your loss.
we will miss your smile around H&N. Glad to have known you, thoughts and prayers to your family
LJ was a guy that always had warm hugs and could bring smiles to faces all the time. Ill always remember our youth retreat.
~ Autumn Strausbaugh, Lawrence, Kansas
The boys & I are saddened and sincerely sorry for your loss. I will always remember LJ as one of the smallest kid on the RLMF team. He was small but I have to say he certainly was one of the best & the mightiest player out. A small kid with a big heart, boy what a joy it was to watch him play. As the yrs went by I would run into him every once in awhile & still with that big heart he gave me that respectful “Hello Mrs. Morning how are you” greeting. LJ will be missed by many but know his memories will always touch someones heart. Our warmest condolence to you and your family.
~ Deb, Nick & David Morning, Etters
LJ, you were a shinning light on and off the pitch of rugby, and such a joy to coach and pass on all the dark secrets of the ‘front row’.
Harrisburg and the game of rugby have lost a very talented young player.
Deep respect friend.
~ Adi, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
I got to know LJ over the past two years at H&N. He always had a big smile on his face. Sad to see such a young life come to an end. Thoughts and prayers to your family
~ Pat Mowery, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
We are so very saddened to hear the loss of “LJ”. He surely will be missed. He was one of our boys when he came over. Such a great person, we were blessed to have known him. R.I.P. dear one.
~ Anita and Keith Ogden, Wellsville, Pennsylvania
no matter how down everybody was you were always there to make everyone feel better and alleviate alleviate the situation I wish I could have seen u more this past year, I’ll always remember you L.J.
~ Your Buddy Tanner
You were such a young man,my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.You are a beautiful angel..RIP James
~ Kimberly Wiebner, Etters, Pennsylvania
thoughts and prayers are with you
~ Marcia Mercurio, Pennsylvania
Lj, we love you man. I still can’t believe you’re gone. You had such a big heart. You will be forever missed.
~ Keri and Kris, Pennsylvania
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
~ betty & chuck ellis, york haven, Pennsylvania
jami and family
thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of tragedy.
~ lynn treichler-baker, new cumberland, Pennsylvania
LJ I wish we could have seen you more on Sunday, would have never imagined this happening, I wish y were still here, you should still be, we love you rest in peace brother.
Jami, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Words cannot express how very sad I am to hear about the loss of LJ. You and your family are in my thoughts during this very difficult time. RIP, LJ.
~ Kristin Davin, New York City
Thoughts and prayers are with you Jami and family. I’ve known LJ for a long time. He will be missed by so many people. Know that he is looking after you all now. Keep his memories alive in you.
~Shannon & Ceeghan, New Cumberland
Such a tragedy for someone so young. My heart goes out to family and friends. RIP
~ Debra Barnahrt, Etters, Pennsylvania
I haven’t seen LJ in a couple years. But all the time we spent together n all the memories will never be forgotten … RIP LJ
Lj you will be missed. I hope you and your dad are together. Just at a loss for words.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Karrin and Gene, Mechanicsburg
Prayers and Condolences to the family. He surely will be missed by the many hearts he has touched.
I absolutely love this boy with ALL of my heart… he was there for me and helped me get through sooo much it is unreal .. i’m so grateful i’ve known him literally my whole life and that he came back into my life about 6 months ago or so and we dated on and off and he wanted to raise my baby girl as his own when she enters this world more towards may.. he truly was an amazing young man with a heart of gold… he may be gone but NEVER forgotten… miss u more with every min that goes by….
~ Sarah Dietz, Enola, Pennsylvania
Our “B Side Hero” on the field and an all around “A Side Guy”. Always fun to be around and a huge team motivator, miss you buddy.
~ Bryan Wentz, Enola, Pennsylvania
Going to miss working with you LJ. Such a great personality that was fun to be around. Miss you buddy
~ Shawn Dummermuth, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
we all send our love and will keep him living through our loving memories of him. I went to high school with both boys and their mother raised them well. May he rest in peace.
~ destini paul, new cumberland, Pennsylvania
We met LJ through our son Garrick & when LJ was at our house he was a very polite well mannered young man with a personality that made us all laugh. Please accept our condolences & know he will be missed.
~ Don, Dorrie & Garrick Fisler, Dover, Pennsylvania
Jamie – words cannot convey how much my heart hurts for you and your family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers constantly.
Correne, Joe and Cate Harris
~ Correne Harris, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
All of our heartfelt sympathy to Jami and her family during this difficult time. We will be holding you close to our hearts.
~ The Mike Benyou Family, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
My condolences to LJ’s friends and family. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Rest in peace, brother rugger, rest in peace.
~ Jim Dopkin, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
Jami and family
So sorry for your loss. My heart go out to you all. May God comfort you at this time and help you through this.
~ Cindy Williams-Moyer, Dover, Pennsylvania
im so very sorry for your loss. there are no words to makes this easy my thoughts and prayers are with your family through this difficult time. may Lj rest in peace.
~ heidi miller, etters, Pennsylvania
You were a great coach and inspiration to “your rugby girls”.You will be greatly missed by all. Prayers to your family for comfort and peace. You were a great big brother to your sister,Jackie.
~ Hardy family
Jami, Jake, Jackie, Connie, and Jay, your family is in our prayers. May God comfort your family in this time of sorrow. We will surely miss his smile. Kevin, Deb and Tyler Sorenson
~ Kevin, Deb and Tyler Sorenson, York Haven, Pennsylvania
Connie, I am so sorry to hear about your grandson. Please accept my condolences and may your memories help you find some peace.
~ Cyndi Fry
Parents shouldn’t have to bury their children, and I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Jami. Thoughts and prayers to you and all of your family!
LJ’s smile and infectious laugh will be greatly missed by everyone in the Harrisburg Rugby family. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.
~ Erin Strelec, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
He is with you!
~ Lance Orndorf, Reading, Pennsylvania
I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time.
Love and God Bless
~ Barbra,Shawn & Cameron Wright, Etters, Pennsylvania
LJ you were a great person with a huge heart.I will miss you dearly.I loved you like my own son.will think of you always.
~ Jeff, Etters, Pennsylvania