Tom M. Miller
                              February 3, 1934 ~ November 25, 2014

Tom M. Miller, 80, of Middlebury, died at 8:53 pm on Tuesday, November 25 at
IU Health Goshen Hospital, Goshen from an apparent stroke after completing
his chores earlier that morning. He was born on February 3, 1934 in Goshen
to Perry G. and Mary (Roth) Miller. On November 24, 1956 in Goshen he
married Joyce  Larimer. They had just celebrated their 58th wedding
anniversary on Monday. Survivors in addition to his wife are two daughters,
Elaine (Duane) Maust of Meridian, MS and Marie (Clifford) Maust of Bay Port,
MI; two sons, Craig (Shirley) Miller of Macon, MS and Eric (Rachel) Miller of
Millersville, MD; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandsons; sister, Sue (Joe)
Graham of Hesston, KS; brother, Roger (Dawn) Miller of Goshen. He was
preceded in death by his parents. Tom was an entrepreneur at heart; his
many business adventures included dairy farming, short line farm equipment
sales and was the owner/operator of a large blackberry/strawberry u-pick
fruit operation in Mississippi. He had a love for animals and was the operator
of animal petting farms both locally and in Mississippi. He was a very active
member of society, attending the Sugar Grove Church in Goshen and served
as President of the Crystal Valley Exchange Club in Middlebury. He was
instrumental in starting the Pine Lake Camp Benefit Sale and served as
President of the Chamber of Commerce in Macon, MS. He was voted the most
Outstanding Businessman, and won the Young Dairyman’s Award in
Mississippi advancing to the national level. Tom was actively working at the
Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, where he had been employed the
past 16 years. He was passionate about the youth in our community and was
often mentoring young individuals. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:
00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, November 28, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003
South Main Street Middlebury. Private burial will take place at Sugar Grove
Cemetery prior to the 11:00 am memorial service on Saturday, November 29,
at Sugar Grove Church in Goshen. Services will be conducted by Elder Carlin
Yoder. Memorials may be given to in lieu of flowers to Pine Lake Camp or the
Sugar Grove Church building fund.


                     ~  ~  ~  ~  Condolences  ~  ~  ~  ~
Love and prayers for the family as you grieve the loss of Tom. He will truly be
missed.
From: Kathy Mast
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Praying for the family, that you be comforted by Gods peace
From:  Liz Duran
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Thank the Lord for Tom’s faith in Jesus.  I know you Joyce are so strong and
I know the Holy Spirit is shielding and hovering over the whole family.  Larry
and I are praying much for you. Lovingly Will call later.
From: Janice Wise Secor
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Dear Joyce, Elaine, Craig, Marie, & Eric.
Memories come flooding back to us as we hear of Tom’s death! While in
Mississippi our young family was deeply touched by yours. Our daughters
were treated like “grandkids” by
Tom and Joyce. And you children became our friends and encouragers each
in your own way.  And while differences of opinion could be discussed, we
always knew that friendship and trust superseded.  We will always remember.
With  Love, Phil & Mary Mininger
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Joyce, Elaine, Marie, Craig, Eric and families,
Our prayers are with you all. Tom was a special person to me. Best SS
teacher I had as a youth. I fondly remember the times spent in your home and
the laughs Tom and I would pass back and forth. I feel my life is better for
having known your husband, father, and grandfather.
From: Myra Kleis and family
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Prayers for all of you during this time of loss.  May God comfort and
strengthen you all.
From: Richard and Marjorie Gingerich
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We are filled with sadness as we think of you today, Elaine and Duane. God's
peace surround you and love enfold you.
From: Bob and Edea Baldwi
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Cousin Joyce, my prayers go out to you and your family. I know this is a hard
time for you and let God take care of you.
From: Gail Mast
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Joyce and family,  I so wish I could be with you right now. Please know our
family is lifting you up in prayer.  Tom was such a wonderful person.  I have
such fond memories of Sunshine Farms and all of the children that enjoyed
interacting with Tom and Joyce and all of the animals. Glad we can celebrate
he is now home.
From: the Schimmels, Macon, MS
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I'm so thankful to have had Mr. Tom as my friend and mentor as a child.  My
time at Sunshine Farms with Mr. Tom and Mrs. Joyce was some of my
happiest memories.  I remember fresh peppermint tea every morning and
walks to care for the animals each night.  Mr. Tom taught me about caring for
the animals, he taught me about business, he taught me genetics, and
philosophy and so much more.
He was a gift to the world and I'm glad to have known him.
Mrs. Joyce, my thoughts are with you.  I'm so sorry for your loss.
From: Daisy Griffin
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Separations are hard, especially when they are unexpected.  We are grateful
for the hope of seeing our friends and loved ones again.  May the Lord grant
you comfort and peace.  We cherish the memories we have of your family.
From: Steve & Treva Classen
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Joyce & family this was such a shock to me.  I am so sorry to hear this sad
news, and just before Thanksgiving.  Your all are in my Thought and Prayers.
May God give you Peace, and his Wonderful Grace, through the bad days
ahead.  Joyce you know how much I Love You.  Hope to see you when you
come to Macon.  God Bless You All!  I love You!  Marjorie
From: Marjorie Simpson
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Joyce, May God bless you and keep you. There are so many good memories
woven together with our families and we have been reminiscing the last few
days. Our prayers are with you. May God give you courage and strength.
From: Dave & Sue Weaver
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I sincerely send my hearfelt thoughts and prayers to Joyce and the entire
Miller family. May God's comfort and care surround each of you.
From: Jim Fisher
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Marie.
From: Frank and Carol Van Valin
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Elaine, I am holding you and your mother, sister and family all up in prayer as
you deal with the death of your father.  May the peace of Christ fill your heart
and mind.  Blessings to you.
From: Nancy Kauffmann
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Dear Joyce and family,
We were saddened to hear of Tom's passing.  Just to hear his name, we can
remember his deep voice and belly laugh. We enjoyed it many times when we
lived close to you in Mississippi.  We are thinking of you all during this time.  
Blessings!
From: David and Debbie Hollinger
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My heart goes out to you as you bid farewell to your Dad. You will be in my
thoughts and prayers in the coming days as you adjust to life without him.
What a blessing that you will see him again one day because his Lord is your
Lord. I am sure he was very proud to be your father.
From: Sharon Maust
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Dear Joyce and Family,
So very sorry to read of Tom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with
you and your family. May God bless you.
From: Elva Henderson
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Dear Miller/Maust Family,
My heart goes out to all of you in your sudden and wrenching loss.  You dear
ones are in our prayers and in those of the Open Door family as well.  We love
you all!
In Christ,
From: Rhoda Byler Yoder
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Joyce and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Tom's sudden passing. I
have so many sweet memories of you all. My God wrap His arms of love
around you. Love you!
From: Edith Gault- Meridian/Reform, AL
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Mrs. Miller and family, we were very saddened to hear of Mr. Miller's passing,
but are rejoicing that he is now in the presence of our Lord.  Mr. Miller's hand
of influence in our family is still evident everyday when we milk our Sunshine
Farms goats that he helped us start 19 years ago.  Our older children will
never forget their 3rd Grandpa.  His love, smile, and laugh were contagious.
2Co 5:6-9 says, "Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that
while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord, for we walk by
faith, not by sight.  We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be
absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also
have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him." We
love you.  Please come see us next time you are in MS.
From:  Johnny and Inger Thompson
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