Lester R. Miller
July 4, 1920 – May 22, 2016
Lester Raymond Miller of Bristol passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the
age of 95. He was born in Middlebury to Mahlon and Ella (Parrish) Miller on
July 4, 1920. On February 25, 1945 in LaGrange County he married Margaret
(Atwater) Miller. Lester is survived by his wife of 71 years; six children and
their families: Verlin (Elaine) Miller of Bristol, Victor (Rosemary) Miller of
Union, Ann Miller of Elkhart, Carol (Dave) Dulaney of Bristol, Steve Miller of
Goshen, and Jenny (John) Hooley of Goshen; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-
grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; 2 nieces and a nephew. He was
preceded in death by his parents, a sister Lillian (Wayne) Cooper, and a
brother Robert Miller. Lester was a dairy farmer who began working on farms
at the age of 14. He also drove school bus for Jefferson Township and White
Pigeon Schools and worked as a custodian for the telephone company and
Elkhart Community Schools. After retiring from farming he worked part-time
for Mennonite Aid as a field man and delivered ambulances and other
customized trucks across the United States until he was 80 years old. He
drove through all 48 lower states and toured both Alaska and Hawaii with his
wife. They also travelled to Israel, Brazil, and Belize. He and his wife were
charter members of Tri Lakes Community Church of Bristol. The family will
hold a private graveside service on Tuesday morning at Little Pine Cemetery,
Goshen. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:
00 - 8:00 p.m. at Tri Lakes Community Church (50755 C.R. 23, Bristol). On
Wednesday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. a Celebration of Life Service will be held at
the church. Services will be conducted by Pastors Doreen Mast and Dale
Stoll. Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Mission of Elkhart.
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Uncle Lester was the most kind and gentle man I have ever met in my lifetime.
I have no doubt God has received a wonderful gift in Lester Miller.
From: Gary Cooper
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Uncle Lester, I only saw you a few times, but I remember your kindness to
me, your strength, dignity, and pure joy in living, I know you have joined your
family in Heaven and are one of Gods shining stars...I know your journey
home must have been as lovely as you are...
From: Lorraine Cooper
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Dear Margaret, Jim and I were so sorry to learn of your beloved husband's
death. It was so apparent that your marriage was a match made in heaven.
We are so sorry for your loss and send our prayers and sympathy to you and
From: Kassie and Jim Knopick