Obituary for Joseph D "Joe" Miller

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Joseph D "Joe" Miller

November 23, 1944 - April 29, 2015

Joseph D. "Joe" Miller, age 70 passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, April 29, 2015 at Our Hospice House in Columbus. He was a resident of Columbus.

Joe was born in Indianapolis on November 23, 1944, to his parents, late Donald F. and Barbara J. (Cole) Miller. He was a 1963 graduate of Trafalgar High School and went on to attend Western Kentucky University on a Basketball Scholarship. He graduated from there in 1968 with a B.S in Agriculture and a Master's Degree in Education in 1972. From 1968 to 1971, he served as a Specialist 5 with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Joe was best known for selling cars in the central Indiana region, most recently in Columbus, for the last 30 years. He was a charter member of the Good Shepherd Church in Franklin, as well as, Concordia Lutheran Church in Columbus. He recently attended the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus. Joe was also an alumni member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Joe was a fan of Indiana University Basketball and enjoyed bowling. He also enjoyed working in his yard and landscaping.

Joe is survived by his mother: Barbara Miller-Jackson of Franklin; mother of his children: Georgia B. Miller of Columbus; children: Joe (Jennifer) Miller of Franklin and Deanna (Kristopher) Brian of Bargersville and companion of 27 years: Mary Beth Durand of Columbus. He will be remembered by his siblings: Martha (Jim) Miller and Sue Van Winkle both of Morgantown and Rebekah (Pat) Haugh of Trafalgar; grandchildren: Blair, Joey and Claire.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Donald; siblings: Mary Kay Miller and Daniel Miller; and a brother in law: Kevin Van Winkle.

The Rev. Patrick Galligar will conduct a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Friends may call from noon until service time on Sunday at the funeral home. A private family burial will be held.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Joe to the Good Shepherd Church or Concordia Lutheran Church or the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, in care of Meredith – Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 308, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Condolences to the Miller family can be made at . Info. 812-597-4670


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Born: November 23, 1944
Died: April 29, 2015

Condolences for Joseph Miller

Alan Powell posted on 1/1/00

My neighbor and friend - the best neighbor one could ask for. He will be missed.


Paul and Terri Waltz posted on 1/1/00

Georgia and family - Paul and I would like to let you know how sorry we are about Joe's passing. He was a wonderful person and the community has suffered a great loss - he will be missed tremendously. Our family is keeping yours in our thoughts and prayers - with our deepest sympathy, Paul and Terri Waltz Dexter's Tire and Auto Columbus,IN


Bob Hynds posted on 1/1/00

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great friend over the year's growing up in Trafalgar and a wonderful team mate on the basketball floor; one of the best players I had the privilege of playing with. My deepest sympathy to all of Joe's family; he will be missed greatly.


Laura Lee and Mike Wetzel posted on 1/1/00

Georgia, Joe, Deanna and Family: Mike and I are saddened to hear of Joe's passing. A great man to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Laura Lee and Mike


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We are sorry to read of your loss. We are always saddened by the loss of a veteran. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grief. Johnson County Veterans Affairs Charles Russell, Director Lucy Noblitt Carolyn Russell


Jimbob posted on 1/1/00

Deanna & family...... There are no adequate words to measure how huge your dad will always be in each life he's touched. There are even LESS words to tell how much this hurts. I hope & pray the joys and smiles he shared with you can ease the sadness of his paasing. I also hope the things he's passed along to you will be treasures you hold on to. He will always be as close as your sweetest memories of your life with him. Please take the very best care of his kids and loved ones! God bless Jimbob


Larry Calfee posted on 1/1/00

Joe has taken the Cruise!!! I can't begin to count the times he used those words to announce that someone had passed away. I believe Joe used those words fondly, for he knew through his faith and his observation of life that he, too, would one day take his Cruise. When I visited Joe in the hospital I could tell he had his ticket in hand and was just waiting for the boarding call. Imagine the scene when St. Peter introduces Joe, The King, to the Big King!! A magic moment for sure! Thanks for sharing Joe with so many of us through the years. Hold on to the memories. Regards and love to all. May God's Peace sustain you.


Andy Foist posted on 1/1/00

Joe Miller. Man oh man! I had the genuine pleasure of working for Joe for 5 years at Acra and I truly mean pleasure. I can honestly say I learned more true life lessons from Joe than anyone else I've ever had the opportunity to get to know. Joe was a great man and he truly be missed. I wish I could have been there for him one last time as he was always there for ANYONE he had known over the years. Joe-bone (our nickname for Joe as lot boys at Acra) you are going to be missed, I am sure I can speak for everyone one of us "lot boys" that worked under you when saying Thank You for everything. And if it means anything Joe, I finally heard that "sucking sound"! God speed Joe!