Dick Miller was a warm, outgoing man who made friends easily, said his son, Dale Miller.
“He had a lot of friends. He was a storyteller, and had the gift of gab,” he said. “He was a great family man. A great father, and a great grandfather.”
Richard “Dick” Miller, 87, a lifelong area resident, died Feb. 14. He had been the owner and operator of Miller’s Recreation in Gary and was a salesman for Kaplan Brothers Wholesale and Kimberly Clark Corporation.
He was preceded in death by Yvonne Miller, his wife of 49 years.
He attended Horace Mann High School, where he played football. He was drafted into the Army when he turned 18 and served in the Philippines during World War II. When he returned home, he earned his GED.
It was after he returned from the war that he went into the family business, Miller’s Recreation, where steel workers would gather to play pool and pick up lunch before or after work.
Dale Miller said his father loved to tinker on woodworking projects, and kept his garage immaculately clean.
“He had all his nuts and screws organized and labeled,” he said. “His garage was cleaner than most people’s kitchens.”
Miller was an ethical, honest man who valued hard work and believed in treating people fairly.
He had a way with people, his son said.
“He had a great smile, and was great at making people feel comfortable,” he said. “He was a hero to our family, as well as to many others. He had a great attitude about life.”