Howard Miller

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Howard Leslie “Les” Miller, 89, of West Lafayette, IN went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 7, 2021.  He passed away at Franciscan Health East Hospital in Lafayette, IN.  Les was born on February 19, 1932 in Star City, IN to the late Esther Ruth [Corts] and Howard David “Knute” Miller, Jr.  Following his graduation from Star City High School in 1950, he served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.  

Les was a self-taught man of many talents.  In early 1960’s, he was a professional umpire for the New York Yankees.  He also spent several years farming as well as building and selling grain dryers.  Les took part in many successful endeavors throughout his life.  He was innovative, creative, artistic, and tech-savvy.

On August 19, 1967, Les married Nancy Eileen Cain in Oaklandon, IN.  He completed his studies at Purdue University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1969.  Les and Nancy owned and operated a Charles Chips franchise and later in life, they ran Porky’s BBQ concessions.  Les was a former president of the National BBQ Association.  He never really retired. 

Les was an avid Chicago Cubs and Purdue University fan.  He enjoyed watching old westerns and war movies.  He especially enjoyed riding around on his scooter at the fairs with his dog, Lilly.  Les was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother.  His legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved him.


He is survived by:

Nancy Eileen [Cain] Miller, West Lafayette, IN Wife

Cheryl (Gary) Feece, Winamac, IN Daughter

Kurt Miller, West Lafayette, IN Son

Kelly Sapp, West Lafayette, IN Daughter

Russell (Amy) Abbott, Grandson

Chase (Ashley) Miller, Grandson

Ali (Evan) Jimenez, Granddaughter

Kerrigan Miller, Granddaughter

Kiersten Miller, Granddaughter

Kole Miller, Grandson

Tyler (Brittany) Sapp, Grandson

Taylor (Devin Hutchins) Sapp, Granddaughter

Torie Sapp, Granddaughter

Jada Abbott, Great Granddaughter

Gabi Abbott, Great Granddaughter

Savannah Abbott, Great Granddaughter

Thatcher Jimenez, Great Grandson

Charlotte Jimenez, Great Granddaughter

Daxton Hutchins, Great Grandson

Rhoen Hutchins, Great Grandson

Vern (Joan) Miller, Cincinnati, OH Brother

Larry (Bev) Miller, Winamac, IN Brother

Joe (Luanne) Miller, Auburn, IN Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews


Visitation will be from 5-8 PM EST Friday, November 19, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Pastor Jim Cain officiating.

Burial will take place at Star City West Cemetery in Star City, IN.  The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Star City West Cemetery or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary 305 E. Main St. Winamac, IN 46996.



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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, November 19, 2021
Frain Mortuary
305 East Main Street
Winamac, Indiana, United States

funeral services

11:00 am
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Frain Mortuary
305 East Main Street
Winamac, Indiana, United States


Star City West Cemetery
Star City, Indiana, United States
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