Jan. 22, 1920 - Oct. 18, 2012
NAPPANEE — Harvey J. Miller Jr., 92, of Nappanee, died Thursday morning, Oct. 18, 2012, at his daughter’s residence in Rhinelander, Wis., where he had resided for 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 Nappanee Milling Co. in 1936, where he eventually became purchasing agent.
After returning from World War 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 with the U.S. Army at Fort Ord.
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 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 of Rhinelander; his son, Kerry (Joanne) Miller of Jamestown N.C.; his sister, Jean (Bill) Matthews of New Orleans, La.; sister-in-law Anne Miller of Anacortes, Wash.; four grandchildren; two stepgranddaughters; 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 noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Grace Point Presbyterian Church, Nappanee, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. The Rev. Terry Tyler will officiate.
Burial will be in South Union Cemetery with military graveside rites by Nappanee American Legion.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.