John W. "Jack" Miller, 87

John W. "Jack" Miller, 87, of Wabash, died at 10:55 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born Nov. 21, 1927, in Wabash, Indiana to William Dwayne and Mary Elizabeth (Holderman) Miller.

Jack was a 1946 graduate of Lafayette Jeff High School, and attended Purdue University, where he lettered in track. Jack was a U.S. Army veteran. He married Mary Alice Goodlander on Aug. 12, 1950, in Wabash, she died Sept. 17, 2011.

Jack was the founder and co-owner of Miller Furniture in Wabash, which opened in 1954, with his business partner Hubert G. Vrooman. He retired from the business in 1994. He was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Wabash, where he served as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and also enjoyed singing in the choir. Jack was a member and past-president of the Wabash Kiwanis Club.  He served on the Wabash Community Service Board, the Peabody Foundation Board, and the Falls Cemetery Board.  He also was a member of the John Purdue Club.

He is survived by four children, John W. (Diane) Miller, Jr., Susie (Peter) Swanson, Annie Adams, and Charles (Linda) Miller, all of Wabash; five grandchildren, John W. (Andrea) Miller III of Chicago, Laura Miller and her fiancÚ, Michael Sklut, of Chicago, Andrew Swanson of Indianapolis, Mollie Swanson of Chicago, and Chloe Miller of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Richard "Dick" Miller, and granddaughter, Ellie Schlemmer.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Wabash Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Hill St., Wabash, with the Rev. Jonathan Cornell officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. 

Friends may call 2 - 7 pm Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Presbyterian Church.

The memorial guest book for Jack may be signed at

Posted on 2015 Feb 24