Jackie Joe “Jack” Miller, age 59 of Elwood, died suddenly on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood. He was born on June 17, 1954 in Wabash, the son of Edward and Lillian M. (Spurgeon) Miller. Jack worked in law enforcement for the past 38 years, and was currently on staff in security at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood and a police officer for the Frankton Police Department. He also formerly served as Chief of Police for the City of Elwood and had worked for several police departments in his career.
Jack was a 1972 graduate of Elwood Community High school, and later served his country in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He formerly attended the Methodist Church. Jack married Christina L. Goens on December 14, 1985, and they shared 28 years of marriage together. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police #82; was a law enforcement instructor for many years; and also worked with the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. Jack was the founder of the Elwood Shop-with-a-Cop Program, and wanted to make sure every child had a meaningful Christmas by working as “Santa’s” helper during the holiday season. He was also an avid collector of guns and miniature police cars. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing X-Box, and fishing. Jack will be remembered for being a friend to everyone who would always try to make people laugh, and he treated everyone with respect – regardless of circumstances. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jack’s family includes his wife, Christina L. Miller of Elwood; 3 daughters, Patricia Miller of Alexandria, Chelsie (Mike) Peterson of Elwood, and Kirsten (Jerry) Gonzalez of Elwood; 3 brothers, Tom (Linda) Miller of Lafayette, Bob (Margie) Miller of Elwood, and Steve (Jane) Miller of St. Cloud, FL; half-brother, Ron (Esther) Miller of Lafayette; 6 grandchildren, Jackson & Samantha Peterson, Jayden & Izek Gonzalez, and Sarah & Diana Monk; brother-in-law, Gene Smith of Mulberry; father-in-law, George (Julie) Goens of Brownsburg; mother-in-law, Sharon Sells of Elwood; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and half-sister, Barbara Smith.
A funeral service celebrating Jack’s life will be held 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the East Main Street Christian Church in Elwood with Rev. Bill Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilkins Cemetery in Tipton County with full military and police honors provided by the U.S. Army, the Elwood and Frankton Police departments, and the Elwood V.F.W. Honor Guard. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 PM on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home in Elwood, and will include police honors throughout the visitation. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Elwood Shop-with-a-Cop Program at the Elwood Police Department. Online condolences to the family may be made at copherfeslermay.com.