DC’s Country Junction owner Dennis Charles “DC” Miller touched countless lives with his love, kindness, caring ways, ability to listen and ability to say the right thing, wife Donna Miller said.
“He was generous with anything he had to give or offer,” she said.
Married 16 years, the couple met while she worked at DC’s.
“I was going through some tough times and he helped me every step of the way,” Donna Miller said. “We became a team. He was a caring, sweet, gentle husband who loved me with every bone and breath he had to offer.”
President of the Lake County Plan Commission and vice president of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Miller, 72, of Lowell, was passionate about his horses, hunting, the outdoors and politics. Under his civilian leadership in 1981, the Lake County Sheriff’s Posse led the Tournament of Roses parade and participated in presidential inauguration ceremonies. He founded DC’s to aid the posse, later raising funds for charities and cancer patients.
Miller wholeheartedly loved his children, grandchildren and siblings.
“He was never short of time for them and enjoyed every moment with them,” his wife said.
A Crown Point High School graduate, Miller played football and baseball and was the lead in the school’s production of “Oklahoma.”
Miller proudly served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a military police officer and later served in the Army Reserves.
A hard worker and entrepreneur, Miller was founder and CEO of American Sprayed Fibers.
A lifetime NRA member, Miller traveled to Africa, the North Pole and Canada to bag big game such as leopards, rhinos, zebra, elephants and bears. He enjoyed scuba diving and traveling with his wife.
Donna Miller said she will miss her husband’s companionship.
“We were connected with everything we did,” she said.
She said words cannot describe the feeling of loving him and being loved by him.