James Keith Miller, age 89, passed away Tuesday evening, February 17, 2015 at the Seymour Crossing in Seymour, IN. He was a resident of Seymour, IN.
Keith was born March 23, 1925 in Hensley Township in Johnson County, IN to William Fritz and Zola (Prather) Miller. He was a 1943 graduate of Trafalgar High School and went on to serve his country during WWII as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy from 1943-1945. He married Alpha Dean Lucas on September 20, 1946,in Franklin, IN. She survives after 68 loving and devoted years of marriage.
Keith servedthe community for 23 years as an Indiana State Police Officer from 1953 until his retirement in 1976. At the time of his retirement, he was a Sergeant over the weigh station in Jackson County. Keith also worked for Cummins Engine Company in Seymour for 10 years. Hewas a member of the Jackson County Fraternal Order of Police, the Pioneers of the Indiana State Police and a past member of the Retired State Troopers Association.
Keithenjoyed playing the guitar and banjo with friends and loved to travel, especially in the southwest. Keith enjoyed crafts such as woodworking, oil painting and silversmithing. He even made rocking chairs for each of his great grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
Keith was a Mason for over 65 years and a Master Mason with the Seymour Masonic Lodge F&AM 146. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite and the Murat Shrine. Keith was a member of the Morgantown Order of the Eastern Star, a longtime member of the Morgantown United Methodist Church and a member of the American Legion Post #89.
Keith will be missed by his wife, Alpha Dean; daughter: Ronda Ann Miller of Eustis, FL, Nola J.(husband, Charles) Allen of Howey-in-the-Hills, FL; three granddaughters: Marnee A. (husband, John) Batchelor, Melissa S. (husband, Kris) Hinckley and Erica S. Nicksin; 4 great grandchildren: Trenton Batchelor and Brady, Calvin and Ruby Hinckley.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Eugene Miller; and sister: Jeanette Hegadorn.
The Rev. Jill Howard will conduct a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery. There will be military graveside rites conducted at East Hill Cemetery.
A Masonic Service will be conducted by the Seymour Masonic Lodge F&AM 146 at the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Keith to the Morgantown United Methodist Church: P.O. Box 226 Morgantown, IN 46160 or charity of their choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Miller family at www.meredith-clark.com.
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