James T. Miller, 55, passed away at his 4B Road residence Tuesday evening, May 10, 2011 at 9 p.m. He remained at home in the care of his family and the Center for Hospice after enduring a several year illness.
Jim was born the son of Ray W. and Esther L. (Stone) Miller on March 18, 1956 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was raised in Plymouth and graduated from PHS in 1975 where he played football and basketball and was known as “Big Jim”.
He had been involved in his family’s painting business and farming. Jim had a love for row crop farming, John Deere tractors and hunting. Before experiencing health problems he was a dependable worker for Eagle Craft, Bomarko, Lobdell-Emery and Burt’s Body Shop.
Jim, along with his father, was a member of the Marshall County Sherriff’s Posse and the VFW Post 1162 Men’s Auxiliary. He also attended the North Liberty Church of Christ.
Surviving is his wife Debora A. (Goodman) Miller whom he married on August 21, 1999 in Knoxville, Tenn. Jim’s children; three daughters and one son from a former marriage survive and remember their Dad as being very family oriented. They are: DeAnn D. Nichols of Rochester, Ind., Melanie J. (Marty) Farrar, Jamie L. (Matthew) Mattke and Bryan T. Miller all of Plymouth survive with five grandsons and one granddaughter.
His parents of Plymouth survive along with a sister, RaeAnn Odom of Poplar Grove, Miss., one niece and one nephew.
A step-son; Michael “Barney” Harville and fiancé Laura of Akron, Ohio also survive with one step-grandson, one step-granddaughter and Jim’s in-laws; James and Elizabeth Goodman of New Carlisle, Ind..
He was preceded in death by a step-son Jeffrey S. Harville.
Visitation for Jim will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011 in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the North Liberty Church of Christ, 65225 St. Rd 23, North Liberty, Ind. with the Rev. Tim Stewart officiating. Calling will continue at the church after 10 a.m. until time of services.
Burial will follow in the Tyner Cemetery, Tyner, Indiana.
Memorial gifts may be made to the family or the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent – Hemophilia Foundation, 2001 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, The Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563 or the North Liberty Church of Christ.
Condolences may be sent to the family via: www.johnson-danielson.com