Meikel F. Miller

October 24, 2014

Meikel F. Miller 66, of rural Colfax, IN, died at 1:21 a.m. Friday, October 24, 2014 at his home unexpectedly. Born January 20, 1948 in Crawfordsville, IN to the late James L. “Jr” & Mary Ellen (Ashley) Miller. He married Rebecca Rae “Beckie” Dieterle on January 6, 1974 and she survives. Mr. Miller attended school in Colfax then graduated from Clinton Prairie in 1966. He served a full tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967-1969 and was proud to be a veteran. He was manager, with his parents, of Miller Fish Suppers in Colfax from 1969-1995. He then worked at General Seating/NHK in Frankfort, retiring in 2013. Since July 2013 he had been associated with with Walmart on CR 350 in Lafayette as a greeter. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frankfort and American Legion in Colfax. Mike enjoyed drawing, rock & roll music and especially his three dogs, 2 beagles and a schnauzer.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be Monday, October 27, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Services will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, envelopes will be available.

Survived by:

Wife: Beckie Miller of rural Colfax and Son: Louis T. Miller of rural Colfax


56 Condolences for “Meikel F. Miller”

  1. Ken Walters October 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Beckie & Louie, I am so sorry. I would be there if I could. Seeing Mike at Walmart always made my day. God bless you with His peace and comfort.

  2. Libby Walters (Beth Jacquez) October 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I have wonderful memories working at Miller’s. Mike will be greatly missed.

  3. Keith Gephart October 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I just thanked Mike for his service yesterday and gave him a gift for Veterans at the dealership. We had a deep long conversation about the military and Veterans, I truly hate to hear this…what a great guy. You will be missed soldier…REST IN PEACE

  4. Danny Hickey October 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Been a lot of years. Still remember you. RIP man.

  5. Cheri Smith-Kaylor October 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Beckie….I am so sorry to hear about Mike. He was such a great guy. My heart and prayers are with you.

  6. Ron Wolfe October 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    You will be missed, my friend.

  7. Mark & Nancy Lemen October 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Our deepest condolences to your family.

  8. Tom & Carla Rimmer October 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I thought the name sounded familiar…only met Mike thru the wife from NHK but seem like a great guy especially when he told me he was a Vietnam Vet and we shook hands on the spot…:) RIP Mr. Miller, prayers and condolences to all his family…:)

  9. Tim Robertson October 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Meikel was a wonderful and caring person. Rest in Peace my friend.

  10. Cindy (Shelley)Booher October 25, 2014 at 12:01 am

    My heart is deeply saddened by the loss of Mike. He was always a mentor , and was always there to encourage and help in any way he could. Becky we are right around the corner if you ever need anything.!

  11. Margy (Stroup) Brehmer October 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Beckie, Karen (cox) Hendricks just text me to let me know about Mike. So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

  12. Margy (Stroup) Brehmer October 25, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Beckie, so sorry to hear about Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Cel Luce October 25, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I didn’t know Mike very well but he always had a cheerful smile when I talked to him at NHK. I remember the day he retired. He will be greatly missed. RIP Mike

  14. Jim Ayres October 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Beckie and Luis,
    Mike was a good man and friend! I will miss his calls and chances to talk about the good old times!! My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed !!

  15. Linda (Lashbrook) Gottfried October 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Mike and I were in the same class and graduated from Clinton Prairie in 1966. I remember him being such a warm, caring and fun-loving person. I’m deeply saddened to learn of his passing. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family during this very difficult time.

  16. Rita Kvakovszky October 25, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Beckie, I am so very sorry to hear this news. You had many great years together. But no one is ever ready. Know that I am thinking of you. Rita Kelley Kvakovszky

  17. Kim Haley October 25, 2014 at 5:06 am

    dear Beckie and Louie,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family. RIP Mike

  18. Bessie Shepherd October 25, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Mike was a really good person that always had a smile and a way to make me laugh. I worked with him many years at General Seating/NHK. After he retired I always looked forward to seeing him at the Walmart on 350. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

  19. Chip Bray October 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Mike was one of my closest friends, a brother and a father when and if I needed him to be. I worked with Mike at NHK for many years. We became friends. I will miss him. Love you brother, may you be at peace and ride on.

  20. Charles E Fink October 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Condolences to the family. We thank Mike for his military service for all of us.
    His commitment to life and hard work will be missed.

    Charlie and Sue

  21. Mike Hensley October 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    So sorry to hear this. Mike was a great friend. I know we had talked many times about going out to Colorado to see Shotgun (Jim) Ayers, but never made it. Time just goes too fast. You and Louie have my condolences. He will be missed. God speed.
    Mike Hensley

  22. Kevin Gascho October 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I worked with Mike for several years and enjoyed doing so. I also enjoyed having a chat with him now and again in the walmart entryway. What a great guy that will be truly missed. My condolences to his family.

  23. Sue Marshall Wright October 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I am so sorry about this. I remember when his mom and dad got married. I have known the family all my life as his Aunt Barbara and I grew up together. I recently lost my own husband. I know a bit of what you feel. God Bless.

  24. Madeline Sanders October 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Beckie and Louie
    My prayers are with you. Mike was a dear friend to my dad and family. A wonderful boss and friend I will miss him dearly. God bless you and hold on to each other during this bad time.

  25. Steve Kelch October 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Beckie and Louie
    Pam and I were so sorry to hear about my favorite cousin’s passing. I can’t express how much I will miss him. If there is anything we can do for you just let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Love to you both. I will talk to you soon.

  26. Lynn Hale October 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Mike was always like the brother I never had. I such wonderful memories of the pool, his monkey, the restaurant and his mom and dad. You will be missed by many and you were loved by more people than you ever realized. My prayers go out to Becky and his son. RIP MIKE

    Lynn Bowen Hale

  27. Jennifer Voight October 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of Meikel’s passing, hasn’t been that long since we were greeted by his smile at WalMart. We lived in Colfax many years ago, and he gave me a POW/MIA bracelet that was his return date from Nam, but the missing date of another young man. I still have that, my son wears it proudly. Please know you are in our thoughts…

  28. George and Phyllis Benefiel October 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    So sorry to hear about Mike. What a shock. He will be sadly missed. Wish we could be there for you, but just can not make it. We always had such a good time with you and Mike. Glad we had such a great time our last evening with you two. Keep strong and may God Bless you.

  29. Mary & Jim Rominger October 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Becky so sorry to hear about Mike. We will be praying for you and Louis.

  30. Ann Fletcher (Thayer) October 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Beckie I am so sorry to read about Mike..have a lot of fun memories of him at Millers and knew Mike through my sister as they were good
    friends. So Sorry, what a shock for you, you are in my thoughts.

  31. Julie Henry October 25, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I got the privilege to work with Mike at NHK ..he was a great guy!!! My prayers and condolences to your family …

  32. Alice Kinsler October 26, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Mike was always a kind and sweet person to me in our youth…as an adult, he called me to talk about his grief for his parent’s passing. May he find peace and grace.

  33. Martin Wolfe October 26, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Will sure miss talking to ya Mike. We didn’t see each other at work to often due to our shifts, but when we did, we knew we were friends. I will miss you so much, my heart is saddened. God bless you, and your family.

  34. Betty Snell October 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Beckie, may your heart find healing in your cherished memories. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  35. Jenny (Camp) Harris October 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Becky and family…. I personally did not know Mike very well, but my brother, Ted Camp, and him were good friends at CP and I knew Mike as we would pass in the halls. Know that my heart is saddened for you and your son at your sad and sudden loss. From what I have read here your husband was a good man and thought of highly. I do remember Mike when we would go to Miller’s…..fond memories. Cling to your precious memories, I know at this time this may be difficult, but as you think of him in the days to come at some point you will remember Mike and there will be a smile on your face. Keeping you and the Miller family in prayer.

  36. Lecia Russell October 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Becky … So sorry for your loss … Mike was a wonderful man . I will miss talking to him at the store in colfax or wherever in town that i would see him . He was a great mentor to all of us when we were younger .. When Millers was open and the opportunity he gave to a lot of young people to work and the friend he was to them… Just an all around great guy .. He will be missed so much .. You will be in our prayers and thoughts

  37. Sherry Williams October 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Mike and I grew up across the alley from each other in Colfax. There were four of us and Mike had no siblings. He was our “fifth”. We spent much time together and the memories just came flooding in when this sad news reached me. Becky, you and Louie are in my continued prayers as you work through your grief. See you tomorrow.

  38. Joseph Wagner October 27, 2014 at 2:06 am

    You are in our prayers. I always appreciated Mike and his concern for the communnity.

  39. Barbara (Walters) Fausett October 27, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I did not know Mike, but my brother, John Walters, talked constantly about Mike, Becky and Louie. He was a good friend of the family. I know if he were still living, that he would be right there with your family to support and love you. My condolences and know that my prayers are with you now and in the coming days. May God give you comfort and peace during this time of sorrow.

  40. Darla Large October 27, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Beckie an Louie, so sorry for your loss, You are both in our prayers!!
    Hang on to the precious memories you both had with him. I always saw Beckie an him together. If you ever need to talk you are welcome to call anytime. Hugs to both of you!!
    Love& God Bless You Both!!!!
    John & Darla

  41. Ron Hall October 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I’m lost for words. I’m sorry Becky and Louie about the loss of Mike. He one one of the best friends a person could ever have.
    He touched many people’s lives and left great memories. Sorry I can’t be there for health reasons but you will be remembered in prayers.

  42. Gary Cassity and Phillip Dunham October 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Becky and Louie, we just want you to know that we are really sorry to hear about your husband and father, Meikel F. Miller, he was a wonderful man and was cherished by everyone who knew him.
    We are honored and blessed to have known Mike, he was truly a blessing in our lives and we will miss him. Our condolences. May he rest in peace.

  43. BJ Kelley, 350 Liquors October 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. He was a great friend. He always came in to chat with a story or a joke, I’m going to miss seeing him. He spoke very highly of you and loved you dearly. Again he will be missed. You and your son are in my thoughts and prayers. To my friend Mikey, There will always be a bottle of Canadian Mist sitting on my shelf waiting for you my friend!! RIP Brother.

  44. John Davis October 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Mike old friend. Memories came flooding back. We have not known each other over the years but my high school time with you is well remembered. Our double dating with Becky and Nancy. Riding in your 442. Parties with the HS kids at your house. You had the only swimming pool in our group of friends and maybe in Clinton County. Always great food from the restaurant. Scott, Susan, Karen, Denny and so many more.

    Rest In Peace

  45. Tammy Allen October 28, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Beckie and Louie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father and husband. I will be praying for peace and I will pray for you through this trying time.

  46. Connie Blubaugh October 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Beckie, I am so sorry and all my prayers are with you and your family. A lot of good memories of you guys and Miller’s catfish, the best!

  47. Karen & Greg Wysong October 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Beckie and Louie: Was saddened to read about Meikel’s untimely death. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  48. Jim Bogan October 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I remember Mike from my teaching days at CPHS, and then from many trips to enjoy catfish and onion rings at the restaurant. He was always wearing a smile but I lost track of Mike after the restaurant was gone. My condolences to his wife and son. May God grant you peace and comfort in these trying times.

  49. Jeff Dieterle October 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    So may great memories with Mike over a few beers at each of our places and booze cruzin’, playing name that tune and hearing his latest joke…. man, he was a true original. Mike, It’s been a Hell of A Ride, So Many Times We Laughed Till we Cried. We’ll meet up again Brother on down the road.

  50. Robert Prater October 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss. Mike was a great friend and wonderful person. His loss is felt by many. I hope that you are all able to find peace and comfort in this most trying of times.

  51. Barb “Mac” Revell October 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Beckie, so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I just found out about it yesterday. I loved working with you both at Miller’s and he will be missed. You and Louie are in my thoughts and prayers.

  52. Chris Crull October 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of working for Mike and Beckie at Miller’s. The last time I saw them was at a Little Feat concert!

  53. Krista McQuern Harris November 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Very sorry for your loss, I worked with Mike a few years at General seating and remember many fantastic dinners at Colfax with my family as well. A heartfelt thanks for his service in Vietnam, too.

  54. Phyllis Bouldin November 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I am so sorry to be reading this about Mike. I have many good memories in the years I spent at Miller’s . You and Louie will be in my prayers . Glad to have had you all in my life.

  55. Marcia Dickerson November 6, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Beckie and Louie, I was so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Just a shock.. Gone too soon. Prayers for you both.

  56. Pam Swinford November 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Becky, I am so sorry. I don’t get the paper and don’t know how I did not find out about mike. I am sad to hear about your loss. He was always good to me and my family and always felt he cared, if you need anything, talk, listen, whatever. Call me.

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