Miller, age 83 of Chesterton, passed away on April 3, 2016 in Valparaiso.
He was born on
October 2, 1932 in Chesterton, to Chester and Gladys (Klinkman) Miller, both
of whom preceded him in death.
On July 18, 1953 at
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chesterton, he married Nancy (Olson) Miller,
who survives in Chesterton.
William is also
survived by his children: Michael (Kelly) Miller of Valparaiso, Wendy (Bill)
Kappas of Valparaiso, Janet (Gerry) Stanley of Crosby, TX, and Dean Miller
of Chesterton. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Justin (Crystal)
Stanley of Crosby, TX, Jenny (Justin) Howard of Crosby, TX, Jeremy Miller of
Chesterton, IN, Jamie (Justin) McConachie of Chesterton, Nick Kappas (Sophia
Percival) of Bloomington, IN, and Derek Kappas (Jessica Swisher) of
Chesterton, IN; great-grandchildren: Stella McConachie of Chesterton, Gavin
Stanley of TX, and Olivia Howard of TX, along with many nieces, nephews and
He is also preceded
in death by his sister, Delores and brother-in-law, John Hancock.
He was a 1950
graduate of Chesterton High School and a 1954 graduate of Indiana Central
College. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1954
to 1956. He also earned his Master’s Degree from IU Bloomington in 1962. His
first teaching job was in College Corner, Ohio. In 1959 he moved back to
Chesterton where at the high school he taught Advanced Biology and was head
of the Science Department until his retirement in 1993. He was head coach of
the high school boy's track team for 19 years. After retiring from boy's
track he then helped coach the girl's track team. He really enjoyed that. He
said, “The girls were more coachable.” He loved fishing, woodworking, and
enjoyed summers in Hayward, WI, where they had a summer home. He was a
member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Lion’s Club. He will be missed
by his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whom he dearly loved.
will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran
Church, 2050 N. 1100 N., Chesterton, with Reverend Erik Grayvold
officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service
at the church.
The family will
receive friends on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 3 until 8 p.m. at White-Love
Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. There will be a Lions Club Service
at 6 p.m.
may be given to Opportunity Enterprises or to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
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