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Donald Glen Miller, 78, Goshen, died Sept. 13, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 2, 1938, in Filer, Idaho, to John and Lucy Miller.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Karen (Sean Hassinger) Miller, Boise, Idaho and Elaine Miller, Oakland, California; son, Doug (Lali Hess) Miller, Crawfordsville; five grandchildren, Levi, Isaac and Seth Hassinger and Lucy and Annie Hess; and siblings, Joyce Wyse, Joan Vogt and Jim Miller.
He was the youngest of eight children and was preceded in death by sisters, Justine Nussbaum and Leta Snyder and brothers, Robert and Leo Miller.
A disinterest in hoeing sugar beets on the family farm led him to pursue a professional career. He graduated from Goshen College in 1959 and then worked in alternative service at Boys Village in Smithville, Ohio, until 1961. He then embarked on a career as a social worker, specializing in community mental health and later as the director of two county mental health agencies in Portsmouth, Ohio, and Saginaw, Michigan.
Don had a great zest for the outdoors and led his family on many camping and backpacking excursions. An oft-visited favorite was Black Joe Lane in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. There he could indulge in pastimes of fishing, campfire storytelling and singing with family. Don was an avid tennis, chess and game player, gardener and loved organizing family reunions and get-togethers with friends.
He was an active member of College Mennonite Church, committed to social justice work through his involvement in the church Jubilee fund, a community outreach and support program.
Friends may call Sunday, Sept. 17, from 3 p.m. until the 5 p.m. memorial service at College Mennonite Church.
Memorials may be given to College Mennonite Church Jubilee Fund or Mennonite Disaster Service.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen,is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 13, 2017
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