Michael R. “Mongo” Miller, 58, of Decatur, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019. Mike was born in Decatur on October 5, 1960; the son of the late Harold and Mary Lou (Hofstetter) Miller. On November 8, 1980, he married Janice E. Brite.
Mike was an active member of Zion United Church of Christ where he served as a Trustee and also the Men’s Fellowship. He was an active bowler for over 35 years; played softball in Decatur and Berne for years; played co-ed volleyball for a number of years at the old Lincoln Annex. In high school Mike was very active in sports, he was a part of the football, basketball, and track teams, but he was most noted for playing for the baseball team at Bellmont High School. Mike has been involved with construction most of his life and owned his own construction company for a period of time. Mike was currently employed with Commodore Homes.
Mike is survived by his wife Jan Miller of Decatur and together they have three daughters; Kacie (Justin) Shaffer, Allyson (Josh) Anderson and Ashten (Gus) Ranly all of Decatur; 12 grandchildren: Adalie, Aithen, Aryssa and Anson Shaffer; Gracie, Hayden and Jarrett Wylie; Autumn, Zach and Jorden Anderson; Griffin and Skyler Ranly; Mike has 5 sisters: Cheryl Maller of Toledo, OH, Linda (Norb) Hess of Edwardsburg, MI, Janet (Gary) Smith of Decatur, Deb (Rod) Owens of Delaware, OH, and Patti Miller-Johnson of Ft. Wayne, 2 brothers: Scott Miller of Decatur, Jeff (Kelley) Miller of Decatur ; father-in-law, Joe Brite of Decatur, brother-in-laws: Tony (Kim) Brite of Ft. Wayne, Mike (Amy) Brite of Decatur, Ryan Brite of Decatur; sister-in-law, Diana Brite of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Lou Miller; mother-in-law, Shirley Brite; sisters-in-law, Carla Leimgruber and Denise Brite and brother-in-law, Dan Brite.
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 2-8 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home. In honor of Mike, his preference would be for everyone to be casually dressed in sports attire at the visitation (Preferably Chicago Bears).
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, with Pastor Randy Rossman officiating.
Preferred memorials are to Zion United Church of Christ or Visiting Nurse and Hospice- Ft. Wayne.