John Miklas Jr., a civil engineer who devoted his life to youth ministry, died of heart failure Wednesday at a retirement community in Honey Brook, Pa., where he had moved from his home in Kingsville. He was 90.
The son of an itinerant railroad worker, he was born in Chicago and moved often as a child until the 1920s, when the family settled in Baltimore.
He graduated from Polytechnic Institute and took a job in 1943 as a civil engineer for the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He worked there until his retirement in 1973.
In 1947, he co-founded Mountain View Bible Camp in Manchester, where he spent his summers ministering to hundreds of youths for the next 33 years.
"That was really Dad's heart," recalls his son, the Rev. David Miklas of Wagontown, Pa. "He was involved in the ministry his whole life, one way or the other, starting as a young man working in the old Seamen's Mission in Baltimore. Mountain View became the center of his life."
Mr. Miklas met his future wife, Mildred Appel, at a Baltimore mission where both worked. The couple married in 1938.
Mr. Miklas also was a Sunday school teacher and deacon at Perry Hall Baptist Church, where he was a member of the congregation for 42 years.
Visitation will be held at Perry Hall Baptist Church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Services will follow the Tuesday visitation.
In addition to his wife of 63 years and his son, Mr. Miklas is survived by his daughter, Adina Miklas of Coatesville, Pa.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that contributions in his name be made to the Perry Hall Baptist Church Mission Fund, 3919 Schroeder Ave., Perry Hall 21128.