Orlin L. Miller, 96

Orlin L. Miller, 96, of LaFontaine, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 at Heritage Point of Huntington.  Orlin was born in Wabash County on Feb. 4, 1925 to the late Otto and Elsa (Ridgeway) Miller.  Orlin married Lavada Miller on May 14, 1948.  They were married for 72 years.

Orlin graduated from LaFontaine High School and served during World War II in the United States Army.  Orlin worked as a grain and dairy farmer and an electrician.  He served on the Board of Directors for Wabash County REMC for 21 years. 
Orlin attended Lincolnville United Methodist Church. He had attended there since he was 8 years old and taught Sunday school for over 20 years. Orlin enjoyed country gospel music and played the guitar.  As a family, they played various instruments and traveled around to different nursing homes and festivals in the Wabash, LaFontaine and Marion communities.  He and his wife Lavada enjoyed going to the Bob Evans Festival and to dulcimer festivals. 

Orlin's family expressed "What a great loss for us all, but what an inspiration he has been."

Orlin is survived by his wife, Lavada; son, Dennis (Patricia) Miller, of LaFontaine; daughter, Linda (David) Habegger, of Fort Wayne; granddaughter, Christi (Steve) Pieper, of North Carolina; step-grandson, Mark Habegger, of Fort Wayne and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Aly Pieper.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family will have a private family funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at McDonald Funeral Homes, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 South Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940 with Pastor Bill Rapp officiating. Burial will follow at LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Lincolnville United Methodist Church, 5847 E. 500 S., Wabash, Indiana 46992.

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Posted on 2021 Feb 22