DELPHOS — The 2019 Canal Days Grand Parade will be led by a very familiar person, both in looks and voice — Rick Miller.

No stranger to Canal Days festivities, Miller will again emcee the Canal Days Queen Pageant on Sept. 15 before he takes his place in the parade lineup on Sept. 22. The parade steps off at 2 p.m.

“This is a very nice honor,” Miller told The Delphos Herald on Tuesday. “I enjoy all the Canal Days events and its a great time for people to get together and celebrate Delphos.”

Miller has been the voice of local sports since 1983 and can be heard on WDOH most weekends in the fall announcing football and in the winter announcing basketball.

He also sat on numerous boards, including the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce (past president), the Delphos Senior Citizens (past president) and remains on the board of the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation (past president). He is also a Rotarian (past president and Paul Harris Fellow), on the Postal Museum Board, a Jefferson Award nominee and attends Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was on the Council on Ministries and Administrative Board (past president) and remains a member of United Methodist Men (past president).

During the local Fourth of July celebration, Miller joins WDOH news Director Bob Ulm in announcing the annual Beyond Expectations Softball Game.

Miller said he lived away from Delphos for six years and found that he missed it.

“I like the small-town friendly people,” Miller said. “This is the only place you get that - small towns.”

Miller and his wife, Lynn, enjoy each other’s children: Angela Eickholt and Cory Noftz of Delphos and Amy Noftz of New York.

Miller retired from Kilpatrick-Miller Insurance and is now spending his free time with his four grandchildren. He can often be seen carpooling from school to dance or some other activity with Avery, 12, Addison, 9, Ainsley, 5, and Gunnar, 2.