Nelson L. Miller
Nelson Leroy Miller, 79, Elkhart, died Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.
Nelson was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Middlebury, to Jonas E. and Fannie E. (Bontrager) Miller.
He married Karen Jean Clicquennoi Aug. 18, 1969 in Almond, New York. Karen died Dec. 3, 2007.
Surviving are two sons, Erik (Natalia) Miller, Berkley, California, and Jason (Bekah) Miller, Kingman, Arizona; five grandchildren, Sofia, Yago, Sedona, Kenneth and Javier Miller; his mother, Fannie Miller; one sister, Verba (Pete) DeMauro; and one brother, Vern (Judy) Miller, all of Elkhart. He is also survived by one stepsister, Virginia (Keith) Yoder, Osceola.
Nelson was preceded in death by his father, Jonas; his stepfather, Perry Miller; his daughter, Heather Lynn; a brother, Delbert; and three stepsisters.
Nelson dedicated his life to education. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1958. After his service in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Indiana State University, received his master's degree from Indiana University and a doctoral degree in education from Purdue University.
He taught and was a principal at Hums Elementary and was principal of Emmons Elementary School in the Mishawaka school district. He was also superintendent of the Covington and Franklin County school systems before finishing his career with the Indiana School Boards Association. He was also active in the United Methodist Church, most recently with the Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Elkhart and the First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville.
Visitation for Nelson will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, Elkhart. The Rev. Kerry Clear will officiate.
Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
Memorial contributions in memory of Nelson may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Indiana State Chapter 7301, Georgetown Rd. #112, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
To leave the family an online condolence, please visit the funeral home's website.
Published on September 18, 2019


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