The Rev. E.J. Miller, 80, residing in Bellevue, was called home by our Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 26, 2008, following a lengthy illness.
Father Miller was born March 7, 1928, to John and Veronica (Leis) Miller in Bismark, Ohio. At a young age, he felt God’s call and left home to begin his priestly studies at Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio. After being ordained into the priesthood, he faithfully served his calling in the Fort Wayne, Ind., diocese for more than 50 years. Fr. Miller served for 17 years at St. Joseph parish in Mishawaka, Ind. His duties then took him to St. Joseph parish in Roanoke, Ind., followed by St. Vincent parish in Fort Wayne. He then served at Immaculate Conception parish in Kendallville, Ind. His final parish was Queen of Peace in Mishawaka, where he served as pastor for the last 15 years of his formal priesthood. Following his retirement from his pastoral life in 2003, Fr. Miller lived in Rome City, Ind., at his little cottage on Jones Lake. He especially enjoyed being able to help his fellow priests by giving them a reprieve and was able to serve people in the way he most enjoyed. At the time he needed assisted care, he came to live in Bellevue with his sister and brother-in-law. He loved his many friends he made throughout his life.
Aside from his love for the priesthood, Fr. Miller was an excellent baseball player. In his younger days, he played on teams locally, as well as in Indiana. A baseball field in Fort Wayne was named “Miller Field” in his honor. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds.
Fr. Miller was the sixth of 10 children in his family. He is survived by Wilma Bednarz of Lakeland, Fla., Bernetta Daniel of Bellevue, Arden (Millie) Miller of Monroeville, Harriet (Howard) Hahler of Willard, Dorothy (Paul) Schaffer of Bellevue, Harold (Barbara) Miller of Mishawaka and Norma (Eldon) Young of New Washington, Ohio. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marcella Geiger; and brother, John Miller.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue, with a Receiving Service at 3:30 p.m. and a vigil service at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church, Bellevue, with Bishop John M. D’Arcy presiding. Burial will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Bismark, where Fr. Miller will be buried next to his parents.
Memorial contributions may be given to the library being built at Queen of Peace School, 4508 Vistula Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Foos and Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue, is in charge of services. Condolences are available at foosfuneral.com.