Sept. 5, 1943 - Nov. 3, 2019

David Owen Miller was born on Sept. 5, 1943, to Russell and Esther (Healy) Miller in Kokomo. He passed away on Nov. 3, 2019, at the St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis.

On June 5, 1965, in Kokomo, he married Charlotte Trueblood. They had two sons, Doug (Angie) Miller, Akron, and Steve (Shari) Miller, Rochester. They have five grandchildren, Daniel and Madison Miller, Akron, Shelby Miller, Galena, Ill., Sidney (Josh) Baker, Rochester, and Sammi Miller, Rochester.

Upon graduation from Kokomo High School in 1961, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving 1961-1966. It was his privilege to put two ships in commission. Thus, David was a plank owner of the USS Okinawa and USS LaSalle. In 2004, he was a founding member of the USS LaSalle Association and attended all eight of their reunions.

After the military, David returned to Kokomo and began his career in construction, ultimately to become a lifetime member of the carpenters’ union. In 1972, he established Miller Door Corp. He installed/serviced overhead garage doors/openers until his retirement in 2005.

Summers were spent on Lake Manitou starting in 1966. In 1991, David and Charlotte made Rochester their official home. At that time, David became an active member of the Rochester Lions, helping with the ice cream trailer during fairs, assisting with ramp building and making multiple visits to preschools for KidSight vision screening.

David had many interests; however, he had three favorite hobbies. First was his long-term love of the Indy 500 starting in 1958. He continually attended the race and managed ticket orders for an entire group of family and friends. Second was his desire to snowmobile. He, again with family and friends, traveled to Michigan for many winters. In addition, a Canadian trip was a highlight. Third, he attended as many of the grandchildren’s activities as possible.

David was a member of the Michigan Snowmobile Association, Rochester Elks and First Christian churches of Rochester and Kokomo.

In addition to David’s wife, sons and grandchildren, he is survived by his sister, Janet (Rick) DeRose, Dallas, Texas; niece Gina (Jay) Bratcher, Richardson, Texas; nephew Tony (Joanna) DeRose with sons Russell and Luke, Mesquite, Texas; brother-in-law Everett (Sharyn) Trueblood with his family, Aurora, Colo.; and several cousins.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at First Christian Church, 1101 Madison St., Rochester, with the Rev. Mike Van Heyningen officiating. Friends may visit from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rochester Lions, P.O. Box 851, Rochester, IN 46975, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at