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BLOOMINGTON, IN-- Lee Ray Miller, 71, of Bloomington, died at 4:48am, October 16, 2014 at his residence.
Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects from 10:00am - 11:30am at Downs United Methodist Church, Saturday October 25, 2014. Funeral service will be at 11:30am. Pastor Ken Burges will officiate. Celebration of Life and fellowship will immediately follow downstairs at the church for family and friends.
Burial will be held at a later time.
Memorials may be made to to American Legion Post 77, 216 4th Ave. West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.
Lee was born in Bloomington and the family lived near Downs. He attended Downs schools and then graduated from Trinity High School. He served proudly and honorably in the United States Air Force.
Surviving is his wife Trudy Ann Miller, wife of 49 years; children, Tonica L. (Steve) Rohren, Bloomington; Glenda L. Walsh, Downs; Pamela S. Miller, McLean; and Brenda R. Miller, Bloomington; grandchildren, Jessica A. Boward, Cassandra N. Boward, Tyler J. Boward, Shelbi R. Miller, Sydni L. Rivera, Hunter G. Walsh, Gavin D. Walsh, Victoria L. Nesby, Emily L. Burns, Laci C. Miller, Breanne E. Miller, Alaysha L. Smith, Makiah R. Miller: great grandchildren, Avalyn R. Holderly, Navayah F. Jones, Sophie L. Jones, Braxton K. Foster, and another great grandchild on the way.
Also surviving are his sisters, Nancy (Larry Johnson) Miller, Bloomington and her family, Joan (Dave) Beasley, Duluth, MN and her family, Sue (Ron) Bottomley, Madison, TN and her family; and half-sister, Christie Eastburn, Springfield, Oregon.
Lee is preceded in death by his father, Glenn C. Miller and his mother, Marjorie Hines Miller; his grandparents, Clifford and Minnie Miller and Everett and Betty Hines. Also preceding him in death is his Aunt Lorene and Uncle Ray Miller who were an important part of his life.
Lee was a hard-working, fun-loving, big hearted man with non-stop personality and wit. He enjoyed his time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who he found great joy in, and many friends and co-workers. He was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed spending his days outdoors. He went on many fishing trips, always sure to bring home pet turtles. He enjoyed working at the farmhouse caring for the animals and always keeping things in tip top shape. He loved camping and horseback riding with family, and friends who became family, at places like Dawson, Shawnee, and Starved Rock, just to name a few, where he built memories for all who traveled the trails beside him. His sense of humor brought smiles and laughter with the many stories he would share. He loved to share his contagious laugh and bring laughter to others. He never met a stranger.
In his adult life, and like his father and Grandpa Miller, Lee learned and adored the hobby of watchmaking. During his retirement in North Carolina, he built a business with his focus on the repair of watches and grandfather clocks. He enjoyed meeting new people through this hobby and finding wonderful timely treasures. In his home, there was never silence as the 'tick tocks' and the 'chimes' could be heard like a heartbeat that kept his passion alive.
North Carolina was a very special place for him during his retirement. Not only did he get to use his skills as a watchmaker, but he was involved with the American Legion there, as he was in Downs for many years, building bonds with others and serving those in need.
Lee retired from the Pantagraph after many years of service. As a printer, there were always comical stories at the dinner table about what happened during those nights in the composing room. He enjoyed receiving the Pantagraph while in North Carolina, making sure to solve the daily crossword puzzles and keep up on his hometown news.
Lee is loved by many, missed just as much, and will forever remain in the hearts that he touched throughout his lifetime. We love you Lee Ray/Dad/Bro/Gpa/GGpa!!
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Published in The Times-News on Oct. 19, 2014
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