Richard Lamar Miller, 75, North Manchester, died at 9:18 p.m., Sunday, May 25, at Banner Hospice in Sun City West, Ariz. He was born Feb. 14, 1939 in Emma, to Milo and Ruth (Hostetler) Miller.
Richard was a 1957 graduate of Shipshewana-Scott High School, received his Bachelor's degree from Manchester College in 1961, and his Master's degree from Ohio State in 1966. He married Mary N. Dyson on May 29, 1960.
Richard was a teacher and coach for the Manchester Community School system 38 years. He was the track and cross country coach 28 years, with 19 consecutive cross country semi-state appearances, 15 consecutive cross country conference titles, and eleven consecutive track conference titles. He was the founder/director of the Manchester Cross Country Invitational 27 years. Richard was the Manchester College Alumni High School Coach of the year in 1983-84, region #4 Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1989 named by the National High School Coaches Association, 85-86 and 88-89 Indiana High School Coach of the Year, and was a Nominee for the Indiana High School Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986 for boys and, 1984, 1985, and 1986 for girls. He was the President of the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) from 1987-89, Vice President of the Executive Board from 1983-87, Executive Board Member 1987-89, Membership Chairman from 1982-84, Vice President of Boys Cross Country 1981-82, Sectional Representative 1972-1980, and served on the Inaugural Committee for the Midwest Meet of Champions 1973-1974.
With the IATCCC, he also was the Assistant Coach of the Indiana All Star Team for the Midwest Meet of Champions in 1974, served on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Meet of Champions from 1978-1986, organized the National Cross Country Team in 1981-82, and was the Publisher of the Cross Country Issue in the Hoosier Trackman Magazine from 1980-87. In 1997, Richard was inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame. He was the organizer/director of the Manchester Fun Fest 5K from 1968-89, and was the Grand Marshal at the Fun Fest Parade in 1989. Richard served as a meet official for the USSR vs. USA track meet in 1982, the National Sports Festival in 1982, the TAC National Track Championships in 1983, the NCAA Division I Indoor Track Championships 1987-1999, and the Olympic Track Trials in 1988. He was a Master runner.
He is survived by his wife, Mary N. Miller, North Manchester; three children, Michael (Joy) Miller, Coralville, Iowa, Cynthia (Steven) Stichter, Etna Green, and Marla (Mark) Meyer, Neenah, Wisc.; nine grandchildren; Zachary Miller, Madeline Miller, and Emma Miller, all of Coralville, Daniel (Emily) Stichter, Bourbon, Stephanie Stichter, and Sarah Stichter, both of Etna Green, Kelsi Meyer, Luke Meyer, and Jacob Meyer, all of Neenah; two great-grandchildren, Adylyn and Elias Stichter, both of Bourbon, and two sisters, Cecelia (Maurice) Berkey, Goshen, and Kathleen Peterson, Elkhart. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 15 at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester, with a private family graveside service.
Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.
Preferred memorial is the Westside Tremble Clefs, 9613 N. Hidden Valley Circle, Sun City, Arizona 85351.
The memorial guest book for Richard may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.