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William Henry Miller

Born: Sun., Oct. 2, 1932
Died: Sun., Apr. 3, 2016


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 08, 2016
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 09, 2016
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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William Henry 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 cousins.
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.

Funeral services 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. 
Memorial donations may be given to Opportunity Enterprises or to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
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Lisa Gaston
   Posted Tue April 05, 2016
Sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher!

Chris Blink
   Posted Tue April 05, 2016
He was my favorite teacher of all time. He really pushed me to be better. He will be missed. RIP Mr. Miller. My sympathy to his family.

Jim Bertolacini
   Posted Tue April 05, 2016
Thank you Mr. Miller for sparking my interest in science that has remained an important part of my life. My condolences to the Miller family.

Michael Beschinski
   Posted Wed April 06, 2016
So very sorry to hear about Bill, he was my first cross country coach when I moved to Chesterton and he made it a fun time and he was a great Teacher. He nicknamed me Giggly and Bob Lindsey Wiggly when we were Freshman I will never forget that time. Sending thoughts and prayers to you Nancy and the whole family wish I could be there, he was a mentor to a lot of his students.He will always be in my thoughts----- Giggly class of '67

Candy and Tom Davison
   Posted Wed April 06, 2016
Deepest Sympathy to Nancy and Family. Even though it's been over 50 years since we were in Mr Miller's class he is still definitely a standout in our memories of CHS! I still remember how I dreaded dissecting worms and frogs but Bill Miller made the class fun, interesting and always entertaining! Hopefully all of your great memories will comfort you in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are coming your way from Naples!
Candy & Tom Davison

Joseph Lewandowski
   Posted Wed April 06, 2016

GARDEN PATH was sent by Joe Lewandowski.

Michael Griffin
   Posted Wed April 06, 2016
Coach Miller was a wonderful guy and a great coach. I was on his track team from 1962-66 and we had a lot of laughs along with agony of practice. My sincere condolences to his family. He was a significant contributor to my life and I will always remember him.

Wendy Fleener
   Posted Thu April 07, 2016

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Wendy Fleener.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest condolences, Brad and Wendy Fleener

Michael, Lara, Gunnar and Anna Glick
   Posted Thu April 07, 2016
Thinking of your family during this difficult time. We have such fond memories of Bill and your family up in Hayward over the years. Sending our love. Michael and Lara Glick

Ron Bakaitis "Bucky"
   Posted Sat April 09, 2016
Had a great time during the years of teaching and thank you for helping my children in the classroom and on the track! You will be missed but not forgotten.

   Posted Wed April 13, 2016

Mark McGee
   Posted Sun June 12, 2016
He had a way of knowing about every one in his class. And making it hands on learning about biology and his craft as a Teacher of young men and woman. Thank you for supporting his calling as a Teacher.

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