Born Feb. 1, 1927, in New Market, Ind., he was the son of Hervey Miller and Nellie Maude Steadman Miller.
He attended school in Parke County.
As a young teen, he went out west to work as a ranch hand and it was then he probably began his love for the west and the great outdoors.
He later began a career as a truck driver. It was during this career he met a lovely waitress named Lois Eileen Bennett. They married on Dec. 19, 1953.
They raised their family together in the Brazil area.
During these working years, he worked for Froderman Trucking, worked in the coal mines in Staunton and Ashboro areas, was a truck driver for Oxide Chemical, and he last worked for Quality Trucking, Inc., retiring in 1992.
He was well thought of by his employers, and was said to be a good worker.
Joe had a love for horses and founded The Saddle Club in Clay County. He also learned the trade of blacksmith and was a horse Ferrier and broke horses. He also was the founder and president of the Wabash Valley 4-Wheelers Jeep Club and had a love for Willy's Jeep vehicles.
When the children were growing up, he was known to be generous at Christmas and loved to buy the Christmas candy. He enjoyed making breakfast and special birthday cakes for the children and grandchildren.
His love of the outdoors took him to live in Idaho the past 10 years. There, he truly enjoyed his love of fishing and hunting, especially elk. He also was an avid reader of western novels.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 10 brothers and sisters, his first wife Lorene Miller Jackson, three children, Brenda Wedel, Thomas Miller and Teresa Kline, and his wife Lois, who died in 1994.
Survivors include his eight children, Rita Stehle and husband John, Missouri, Laura Harding and Wilma Weberling, Michigan, Wanda Tiefel and husband Vic, Janise Allee, Barbara Houk and husband Jeff, Edward Miller, Susan Treash and fiancÚ Kyle Hutchison, all of Brazil, 27 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two sisters Jenny Norman and husband Stan, Crawfordsville, and Lorraine Grider, Brownsburg, many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Cremation was chosen and his ashes will be buried at a private family service at a later date.
If friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may be made in his honor to the Clay County Humane Shelter, 8280 N. CR 125 W., Brazil, 47834.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.