Chester W. Miller

May 18, 1931 — Jan. 17, 2011
ELKHART — Chester W. Miller, age 79, a resident of Elkhart, passed away of natural causes Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at 3:55 p.m. in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of South Bend.
Chester was born the son of Ralph Miller and Ruth Felter Miller in Bourbon, May 18, 1931 and graduated from Bourbon High School in the class of 1949. He also enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, tractors, airplanes and most anything with a motor or that was mechanical.
He married Joyce McIntyre May 12, 1951; she survives. He was a retired Tool and Die Maker spending years with Bendix Corporation and other manufacturing companies.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce of 59 years; and their three children: Roger Miller of Niles, Mich., Debra and husband Michael Troyer of Elkhart, and Cathy Kmitta of Elkhart. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Thompson of Bremen; and a brother, Leslie and Diane Miller of Kodak, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Accaria.
A memorial celebration of Chester’s life will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, IN, 46504.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of services Thursday in the funeral home.
The family would welcome memorial contributions to the American Heart Association in his memory.
Condolences via e-mail may be sent to the family at
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.