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Dannie "Papa" R. Miller

May 13, 1932 ~ April 25, 2020 (age 87)

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Dannie “Papa” R. Miller, age 87, of Auburn passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at his Auburn home surrounded by his family. 

He was born on May 13, 1932 in Metz, Indiana to Willis and Inez (Nelson) Miller.  He graduated from Metz High School in 1950.

Mr. Miller honorably served his country in the United States Navy for 22 years.  He served on the USS Intrepid and later worked in naval communications.  A part of that assignment was working with communications on the Apollo space missions.

He married Lois Booth on August 27, 1953 in Angola.  She resides in Auburn.

After his retirement from the Navy Mr. Miller worked for County Line Cheese in Auburn for 19 years.  He then worked for Handy and Harmon in Kendallville for 6 years retiring in 1999.  He was a member of the Auburn American Legion Post 97.  Dannie was an avid fisherman and he also enjoyed woodworking.  During his time in the Navy he amassed a collection of sea shells from his travels numbering over 3000.

Survivors include: 

His wife of 66 years; Lois "Tutu" Miller of Auburn.

Son and daughter-in-law; David and Diane Miller of Middlebury, Indiana.

Daughter and son-in-law; Laura Smock and Tahl Glass of Auburn.

Daughter and son-in-law; Brenda and David Bal of Angola.

14 grandchildren and their spouses; Heather and Chad O’Dell, Michael Harris, Stacie and Ben Kelly, Megan Harris, Shaun Miller, James and Jenny Miller, Joseph and Julie Nack, Daymond Nack and Laura Beal, Christopher Smock, Carrie and John Mason, Jennifer and Chad Leavell, Jason and Amanda Vian, Craig and Hillary Bal and Brenda Bal-Bandych and Bret Bandych.

17 great grandchildren.

Sister and brother-in-law; Patricia and Jack Badman of Waterloo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter; Cheryl Ann Miller, 3 brothers; Robert Miller, Raymond Miller and Larry Miller and 1 sister; Cora Sue Colbert. 

Due to the health concerns about large public gatherings the family has decided to have a private family service on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn. 

Memorial donations may be directed to the Dekalb Humane Society, 5221 US 6, Butler, Indiana 46721.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.

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