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 www.meredith-clark.com . Info. 812-597-4670