On October 10, 1927, Francis “Frank” C. Miller made his grand debut to Bernard and Winifred McLaughlin Miller on the Sunny Side of Louisville, aka New Albany, Indiana. Growing up with his six siblings (Mary Katherine, Dorothy, James “J.B.” Bernard, Jeanne, Jack, and Denny), Frank developed a dry sense of humor and a sharp wit. In 1947, Frank, a newly enlisted Marine, was stationed in Guam where he lit up the island, albeit by simply installing utility poles.
Upon his return to The States, he and Jean Marie Jamison made an electrical connection in the dance halls of the Big Band era. Frank and Jean Miller tied the knot in June of 1951. Four children [Frank C. Miller Jr., David Miller (Diane), Mary Kay Martich (Pete), and the late Tom Miller] were the result of this spark. During Frank’s free time, of which there was little, he enjoyed throwing pizza parties, raising a toast, and fixing the random plumbing issue.
During the next three decades, time sped up and Frank slowed down, although he was kept on his toes by his grandchildren [the late Jennifer Miller; Kathryn Daly (Eric); Elizabeth Scott (Billy); Anne Miller (Libor Zacek); Laura Miller (Jason Orr); Peter Martich, Danielle Martich, Leah Miller, Ben Miller, Grant Miller, and Paige Miller]. As for his free time, of which there was now more, Frank enjoyed drinking piping hot coffee, satisfying his sweet tooth, and singing louder than everyone else during mass.
Throughout his final three decades, all of Frank’s time was free due to retirement from General Auto. He enjoyed soaking up the sun in his backyard or on the beach and clipping weekly coupons. Always light on his feet, Frank avoided tripping over his eleven great grandchildren while completing DIY projects of his or Jean’s creation. On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Frank passed away at his home, his favorite place on Earth.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM on Monday, May 17, 2021, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1752 Scheller Lane in New Albany, Indiana, with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-5 PM, including the Rosary service at 4 PM, at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Pkwy in Jeffersonville, and on Monday prior to the Mass from 10-11 AM at the church.
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