Ura Leslie Miller, age 74, died Friday a.m., March 18, 2011 at his sons' home in Venice, Florida. He was the son of Kenneth and Dorotha Miller born on October 23, l936 in South Bend, IN. His grandparents were Leslie and Lena Amick of Pence and great uncle and aunt were Ura and Bertha Seeger of West Lebanon. They all preceded him in death.
He was of the last class to attend Pence Grade School. After graduating from Williamsport High School he attended Indiana Business College in Indianapolis and Hanover College in Madison, IN. Later he attended a Photography School in Winona, IN.
On October 20, l956, Ura married Sandra Pyle, who survives. He served in the Army from l956 to l958, taking basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO., and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky. in the 101st Airborn Division training for parachute jumping and working in the Provost Marshall`s Dept. He later joined the National Guard in Boswell, IN in l958. His nephew, Timothy E. Miller, who preceded him in death, followed in his footsteps into the 101st Airborn at Ft. Campbell and he was very proud of that.
There were 6 children born to this union, Ura Gregory, Dennis K., Randal J., and Angela Diane (Gerry) Hunek of Venice, FL. Rodric Kevin (Julie) of Lafayette, and Leslie Kay (Dan) Schumacher of West Lafayette, IN.
He had 9 grandchildren--Shannon (Shawn) Daniels, Gerry, Alexis, and Ashley Hunek of Venice, Joshua Miller of Lafayette, and Leah, Nick, Brendan, and Alayna Schumacher of West Lafayette.
He owned a photography studio, loved flying his airplane and built an experimental flying-wing and built 2 homes for his family. He enjoyed visiting with friends, family and watching Purdue sports with his sons.
He was a member of Jordan Chapel in Pence, previously known as Pence Methodist Church, where he attended with his family, his parents and siblings, Karen Dian Miller of Fishers, Bertie Jane Buchanan of West Lafayette, and Kenneth Miller II of Venice, all of whom survive.
Visitation will be at Grady Funeral Home in Williamsport on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Rob Blackford officiating. Interment will be at West Lebanon Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL, 34238.