The Officers, Ladies & Men of the 2nd Kentucky mourn the unexpected and untimely loss of a dear friend of the unit, Mister Freeman Miller, of Middlebury, Indiana.
Mister Miller was a metal, copper & gunsmith and well know to many living historians from across the nation, particularly those of us from the midwest. Many in the 2nd Kentucky and fellow units have enjoyed the fruits of Mister Miller’s craft & skill in camp for many years and for years to come.
In respect for Mister Miller’s family, faith and community, we will refrain from posting any likeness of Freeman here. Any privileged to have met Freeman will always remember him behind his bench, crafting with skill, never without an engaging word. Those in attendance at Mississinewa and the Bicentennial of New Orleans will likely recall his custom-made coffee pots, the larger of which, specifically made for New Orleans and now back home with the 2nd Kentucky, supplied the entire Left Wing throughout the event. His craft and devotion have and will benefit many for years and years to come.
We join Freeman’s family, friends & community in mourning their loss and take solstice in Freeman’s journey home.
Freeman A. Miller, 57, Middlebury, died at 3:57 a.m. Friday, at the scene of an auto-bicycle crash along Ind. 13, Middlebury.
He was born Dec. 26, 1960, LaGrange County, to Andrew S. and Barbara (Miller) Miller.
On Oct. 20, 1983, in Elkhart County, he married Joann Miller, who survives.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters, Diana Kay (Lamar Lynn) Schrock, Goshen, Amy Marie Miller and Miriam Jo Miller, both at home; son, Oren Lee (Leann Jo) Miller, Shipshewana; five grandchildren, Arlin, Julie and Karl Schrock, Christopher and Bethany Miller; his mother, Barbara Miller, Goshen; seven brothers, Dennis (Ruth Ann) Miller, Ligonier, Olen Jay (Anna Mae) Miller, Goshen, Joseph (Rosetta) Miller, LaGrange, Herman (Rosa) Miller, Goshen, Homer (Rebekah Lynn) Miller, Plains, Montana, Walter (Erma) Miller and LaVern (Lovina Sue) Miller, both of Goshen.
He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Katie Marie Miller.
He had been working at Ward Industries and Steel Master.
Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and all day Sunday, March 18, at the family residence, 60263 Ind. 13, Middlebury.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, at the Devon Bontrager residence, 60152 C.R. 37, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Bishop John Stoltzfus and the home ministers.
Burial will be at Miller Cemetery, Goshen.
Arrangements are with Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury.
Goshen News; 16 March 2018.