Harvey J. Miller Jr., 92, of Nappanee, Ind., died on Thursday morning, Oct. 18, 2012, at his daughter’s residence in Rhinelander, Wisc., where he had resided the past three years.
He was born on Jan. 22, 1920, in Locke Township, the son of Harvey and Minnie (Mattern) Miller. Harvey graduated from Nappanee High School in 1937 and went to work for the Nappanee Milling Co. in 1936 where he eventually became purchasing agent. After returning from WW II he resumed his career with the mill, eventually becoming plant manager after the company was purchased by International Multifoods and became Supersweet Feeds. He remained there until his retirement.
Harvey married Maureen Wiseman on April 10, 1943, in Salinas, Calif., while he was stationed at Fort Ord with the U.S. Army. He served from Jan. 1, 1942, to Feb. 9, 1946. He attended Officers Candidate School and became a Captain. Harvey fought on the island of Attu in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
Harvey loved his family. He enjoyed traveling to Wisconsin and North Carolina to see his children and grandchildren. He graduated from an agricultural short course at Purdue University and remained an avid basketball fan throughout his life. He also loved his community and served as both a councilman and interim mayor through the years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and on various committees. His friends in his coffee group were very special and kept in contact after his move.
Survivors include his daughter: Becky (Carl) Corey, Rhinelander, Wisc.; his son: Kerry (Joanne) Miller, Jamestown N.C.; his sister: Jean (Bill) Matthews, New Orleans La.; sister-in-law: Anne Miller, Anacortes Wash.; four grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and one step-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maureen, his sister, Miriam and a brother, James.
Family and friends may call from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Point Presbyterian Church, Nappanee, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Rev. Terry Tyler will officiate and burial will be in South Union Cemetery with Military Graveside rites by Nappanee American Legion.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.