Daniel Lee Miller

Born: Tue., Dec. 6, 1932
Died: Wed., Jan. 4, 2012


Visitation

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 14, 2012
Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church


Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 14, 2012
Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church


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Daniel Lee Miller, 79, passed away amidst close friends and family at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. Mr. Miller was born on December 6, 1932 in South Bend to the late Robert and Edna “Loraine” (Billman) Miller. He has remained a lifelong resident of South Bend. On May 2, 1964 in South Bend, he married Carolyn A. Dundore. Carolyn preceded him in death on October 8, 1984. 
 
Mr. Miller is survived by his son, Mark (Cheryl) Miller of Hinton, WV; daughter, Jamesen Miller of Granger; three grandchildren, Alexandra Miller, Brett Miller, and Danielle Riley; sister, Nancy L. Schenkel of Indianapolis, IN and his brother, Robert D. Miller of Burbank, CA. 
 
Dan was loved by many and respected by many more for his generosity, his musical talent, his spirit of excellence, and his commitment and loyalty to those he loved. Dan taught choral music for 40 plus years in South Bend Community Schools beginning at South Bend Central, moving on to South Bend Jackson, and ending his teaching career at Riley High School. His excellence in the musical development and performance of high school students was highly regarded, well respected, and has been fondly remembered to this day. Dan was also an excellent competitor in fast pitch softball leagues, and many will remember his speed, accuracy, and consistency as a premier pitcher in those leagues. Toward the end of his tenure at Riley High School, and on into retirement, Dan was “the voice” of Riley’s swimming programs, and once again, remembered for his spirit of excellence, work ethic, and devotion to his friends and colleagues.
 
Dan was a patriarchal member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church all of his adult life, serving as choir director and church treasurer with the highest degree of excellence and integrity. Through everything Dan did in life, his faith in God and in Jesus Christ was constant and at the core of his actions. Dan graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He was also a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association.   Dan received his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame and served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. 
 
A celebration of Dan’s life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 225 E. Haney, South Bend, IN 46613. Rev. Jeff Zell, pastor, will officiate. Per Dan’s request, a private graveside service will precede services at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, where he will be buried next to his wife. Friends may visit with the family from 12:30 p.m. until time of service, as well as visiting after the service, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, South Bend is assisting with funeral arrangements.
 
Contributions in memory of Daniel Lee Miller may be donated to the World Hunger Appeal, c/o Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 225 E. Haney, South Bend, IN 46613. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
 
 
 
 

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Steve Smith
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Jamie, Mark and families,

Dan was a special person. He helped me so much since we first met at Jackson High school 4 decades ago.
I will be unable to attend since we have just returned to Florida. Roxie will be in Indiana visiting her mother, also fighting cancer, so she will try to attend.
Steve Smith

LaTonia Ferguson
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Mr. Miller was the best neighbor anyone could have asked for. I appreciate the friendship he developed with my parents, and fondly remember his presence at the backyard bashes we threw many times. I will miss his friendly greeting and asking how me and my family are doing when I visit my parents. It was a pleasure knowing him in this lifetime. He will be truly missed. He touched many lives and many are better for having known him!

Karen Kepner
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Dear Mark, Jamie, and family

I have been very fond of your entire family for all these years and wish you peace as you come to this milestone. May you find comfort in one another, in the many who will gather with you, and in the hope of resurrection to which both of your parents clung.

I was so happy to be able to visit with Dan and Jamie while in Indiana over Christmas. It meant a lot to me to see him and convey my love and thanks for the many gifts he has shared with me. It's no exaggeration to say he taught me to sing, especially church music. The importance of music in my life has deep roots in singing in the choirs at Gloria Dei. I will carry that gift with me for all my own days.

I wish I could be there for the memorial service, but will remember you all in prayer and give great thanks for you all and for your future as you continue to live in ways that reflect well on your parents and what they taught you.

Blessings and peace.

Ann (Kepner) Krake Boyle
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
Dear Jamie, Mark, Nancy and family,

Dan Miller was my mentor and friend. It is largely thanks to him that I am a high school music teacher and rarely a day goes by that I don't think of him, blessing him for all he taught me and for all he stood for.

In addition being a role-model for me, Dan, Carolyn, Jamie and Mark welcomed me into their home when I was still at college in Mishawaka and my family moved to Virginia. I remember taste-testing Carolyn's cookbook trials, listening to Dan's wonderful music library and generally being made part of the family. For this I will be ever grateful.

I am happy for Dan that he is no longer suffering, but very sad for all who are left behind. Please know what a huge influence he had on so many.

Warm regards,
Ann

Timothy Damon
   Posted Sat January 07, 2012
I only just today found out about Daniel's death via an e-mail from my sister, Mary Ann Smith. Both Mary Ann and my other older sister, Bonnie Lou, and I took Glee Club while we were students @ AJHS. I was also in Choraliers. During my years @ AJHS (1971-1975) for whatever reason, I don't recall, I opened the door to the Glee Club room after he turned the key; it became a signature thing.

Before my parents died, on the occasions I found myself in South Bend, I would sometimes stop by Riley High School to chat with Daniel. I'm glad our paths crossed. I would have been happy to spend more time with him. My blessing on, and my thoughts are with, you who knew him better than I, and may not know me.

"Music is well-said to be the speech of angels."

Thomas Carlyle

Tom
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Dan was a wonderful friend and fraternity Brother! He took me
under his Wing, so to speak, made me feel special and welcome
in the fraternity House, introduced me immediately to his closest
friends, including Gladys, our famous cook. He made me feel at
home there, for which I am forever grateful. I come from a musical
family of some talent, but had rejected it, and he brought me back
to music with his enthusiasm for it, and his encouragement, and I am
so forever grateful for that, and think of Dan when I am enjoying good
and great music. Dan kept our letters in the years after graduation, and
when we met last some 8 years ago, after so many years of not meeting,
he surprised me by presenting photo copies of those letter exchanges.
Such a thoughtfulness, I have rarely experienced. I love to read those old
letters to this day. He was a great music teacher while still a student at
Wittenberg, I can only try to imagine what he did so so many students
after.

My thoughts are with his family, and thank Jamie for keeping us All up to
date these last weeks.

Paige Rarick
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Mr. Miller was one of my favorite teachers in Choir and "Swing Choir" at Riley High School, and a wonderful neighbor too! I have so many great memories of him as we rehearsed and performed. Boy did he love it when somebody else could play the piano and he could just direct! Jamie and Mark, I'm thinking about you as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful father. Since I live in Florida I cannot attend the service, but am hoping my parents will make it to represent our family.

Kerry Foley
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Mark and Jaime,

I wish to offer you and your family my most sincere condolences in this difficult time. Your father was my choir teacher at Riley in the late 80's/early 90's.(I was in concert choir and Choraliers.) To this day he is still one of my favorite teachers. I remember his passion for music and his calm demeanor in the classroom. He was a very inspiring man, who often stopped what he was doing when I'd walk by his house during the summer and see him working in his yard. What started as a simple "Hi, Mr. Miller" usually ended up in a full blown conversation, generally accompanied by a listening session from his awesome music library. When I was trying to decide what to do with my life (towards the end of high school), I told your father that I really respected the way he treated all of us. The way he expected the best of us. The way that he treated everyone in the choir equally and encouraged everyone, no matter their personal abilities, status, etc. I told him that I was thinking about majoring in music, but wasn't sure if I was good enough to be successful. He told me to follow my dream and even wrote a letter of recommendation for my college application. 20 years later, I am a music teacher, who still sings in choirs and a barbershop chorus. I try to emulate the same passion for music that your father had with his students. I honestly don't think I'd be what I am today without your father. His impact on my life and the lives of countless other people in the South Bend community was tremendous. I hope I am half the teacher that your father was. I hope I am half the PERSON your father was. While we mourn his passing here on earth, I know Heaven is rejoicing, welcoming its newest resident. He will always be in our hearts and minds.

Pherbia Engdahl
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Mark and Jamie

I don't have to tell you how much your father will be missed by everyone. He was my co-worker and friend. My prayers are with you as they were with him. Be comforted by the fact that he is being remembered with love and appreciation by his literally hundreds of students and friends he touched over the years.

Pherbia

Brenda Mater
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
I wish to extend my love and prayers to the family of Dan Miller. What a wonderful example of his love for God showed through his actions and acceptance of God''s will. May he forever be remembered as th wonderful man he was.

Brenda Mater

Kim Kapshandy Tatman
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
I offer my condolences to the family. Mr. Miller was my choir director 4 years while I attended Andrew Jackson High School. He was one of the most dedicated people I have ever met. May you find comfort in knowing he is now enjoying the most beautiful music in heaven. May God be with you.

Patti (Post) Hyndman
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Jamie and Mark,

My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. It is with the fondest of memories recalling my wedding day and your dad gracing us with his beautiful voice during the ceremony. Such an honor! After moving to Dallas 12 years ago, we saw less and less of your family but you have never left my memories. I have fond thoughts of babysitting you two and now you have children of your own. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you.

Mary E. Jordan
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Jamie and Mark,

I accompanied the choir and swing choir at both Jackson and Riley high schools with your dad. You won't remember this but I also was your babysitter a couple of times.

Your dad had a tremendous impact on my life. I still have a plaque on my wall that he gave me when I graduated. The plaque says, "Life is like a piano...what you get out of it depends on how you play it." I've read it many times. It reminds me of all the times I was playing the piano and he would get so frustrated with me. He would say, "Don't stop playing even if you make a mistake! Just keep going." It's funny how some things, in retrospect, mean so much.

I take great comfort in knowing that he believed in Christ so I know I'll see him again in heaven.

May the Holy Spirit comfort you both; I'm so sorry for your loss.

Mary Jordan

Mary E. Jordan
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Jamie and Mark,

I accompanied the choir and swing choir at both Jackson and Riley high schools with your dad. You won''t remember this but I also was your babysitter a couple of times.

Your dad had a tremendous impact on my life. I still have a plaque on my wall that he gave me when I graduated. The plaque says, "Life is like a piano...what you get out of it depends on how you play it." I''ve read it many times. It reminds me of all the times I was playing the piano and he would get so frustrated with me. He would say, "Don''t stop playing even if you make a mistake! Just keep going." It''s funny how some things, in retrospect, mean so much.

I take great comfort in knowing that he believed in Christ so I know I''ll see him again in heaven.

May the Holy Spirit comfort you both; I''m so sorry for your loss.

Mary Jordan

Ed and Judy Hardy and family
   Posted Mon January 09, 2012
Dear Jamie and Mark,

We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. We have many fond memories of our families getting together at the amusement parks and all those rides so many years ago. What fun! Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Gods Blessings,
Ed and Judy Hardy, Kris and Kevin

Robert B Riley Sr
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
Jamie,

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

Bill Riley

Stacey Proctor
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting Dan, through former (10 years ago) and newer (8 years ago) friends/neighbors, the Tolbolski''''s and the Fisher''''s. Dan was always a pleasure to hang out with on a summer night around a bonfire and enjoy some fellowship. Reading all the kind words expressed here, brings tears to my eyes. He was such a kind, considerate, individual that would always take time to "lend a ear" and "enjoy the moment". It''''s peaceful for me to think that Dan is now reunited with his wife in heaven, he talked of her often through the years, and also peacful knowing his body can now be at rest. He will be missed, and remembered fondly. The Proctor Family

Helen Hibbs
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
South Bend was enriched by the presence of Dan Miller and he influenced my
teaching career. What a wonderful musician and inspiring teacher.
My condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.
Helen Hibbs

Sherry bozman
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
I was so blessed from the first day I met mr. Miller. I still can''t believe he is no longer just down the street to go visit. I was in choraliers and early morning choir at Riley and had the privilege of being the last class he would have as well in 1992. I could literally right a book of all the memories I will keep and cherish each day of my life from knowing him. He wasn''t just a teacher, but a great friend after high school as well. I always looked forward to the smile and talks we would have when I would stop by. And the talks would go on for hours. I loved hearing about his vacations with his close friends, and what was happening with his kids and grandkids. Pictures always came out quick of the grandkids he was so proud. As far as school he always taught us to never settle for second best but to reach with all that is in us for the best. He made each day of class fun. definitely the best teacher I have ever had. I remember all the places we would go sing and how pleased he would be. He loved music so much. know that God put him in all of our lives so we could experience all the love and teaching he had to give. the countless ways he served, taught and listened will always be in my heart. Though his passing leaves a huge hole that will never be filled I know he is rejoicing in heaven above with his beautiful wife. And God tells him often well job my faithful servant, well done. I miss you mr. Miller

Barb (Miller) Cote
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
Jamie & Mark,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I have so many great memories of him – both from being in his choir and from spending time with your family. Last month I was remembering how much fun it was running around town performing during the holidays. I hope you are able to draw some comfort from knowing how many lives he touched.

My prayers are with you and your families.

Barb (Miller) Cote


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