Richard Lee Miller, 81, of Elwood, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at Miller's Merry Manor in Tipton.
Dick was born in Anderson on May 14, 1935, the son of Harry J. and Helen M. Miller. Dick was a 1954 graduate of Wendell Willkie High School in Elwood. On Oct. 2, 1960, Dick married Carolyn "Carole" Miller and they shared more than 56 years of marriage. Dick was employed at McKnight Farm Implement in Elwood for several years, and Airfoil Textron Industries (Excello) for 25 years. He was the president of United Auto Workers and later general supervisor at Excello.
He was formerly the owner of Miller's Kennels and Memorial Park Pet Cemetery. Dick was a member of the Frankton United Methodist Church, and was a 4-H leader. He loved all animals, especially Australian Shepherd dogs, sheep, pot belly pigs, goats, and horses.
Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn "Carole" Miller; son, Tim Miller of Bedford; grandson, who he and Carolyn raised, Eric Miller; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Sharon Seal of Frankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Judy Justice and Bill Miller; and nephews, Marc Seal and Tom Justice.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Harper and Dunnichay Funeral Home, 305 Sigler St., Frankton.
A funeral service to celebrate Dick's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastors Dave Kyle and Nathan Whybrew officiating. Burial will follow in the K of P/I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Frankton.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be given to the Frankton First United Methodist Church or the Madison County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be given at www.dunnichayfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 14, 2017