John C. Miller Sr., 80, a retired pressman who was a member of Local 72 of the International Pressmen Printing Union for 50 years before retiring in 1969, died Jan. 16 at Prince George's Doctors Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Lanham.

He had worked for Judd & Detweiler and Cornelius printers in Washington.

Mr. Miller was a native of Washington and attended the Kendall School for the Deaf. He was captain of the Capitol Silents basketball team during the 1920s.

He was a member of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf for more than 60 years, and belonged to the Metropolitan Washington Association of the Deaf. He had been a member of the Calvary Baptist Church for the Deaf in Beltsville for more than 60 years.

His wife of 48 years, the former Della Raffleman, died in 1972. Mr. Miller's survivors include a son, John C. Jr., of Lanham; two brothers, Thomas, of Woodbridge, and Frank, of McLean; a sister, Teany Lockwood of McLean; two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Calvary Baptist Church for the Deaf, c/o Leader Francis Higgins, 10508 53rd Ave., Beltsville, Md., 20705.