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Stephen “Beezer” Edward Miller, 62, of North Vernon, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023.
There will be a Mass and Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rev. Jerry Byrd will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held immediately following the burial at the St. Mary’s Parish Center.
Born on October 27, 1961, in Seymour, Beezer was the loving son of Donald B. and Mary Hope (Doran) Miller.
Beezer was the youngest of 11 children. His brothers and sisters would be very big influences in his life. An outdoorsman from a very early age, he developed a lifelong passion for fishing that he would share and cherish with his many brothers, his father Don, friends, sons and grandsons. Beezer was an accomplished high school athlete and collegiate basketball player and a 1980 graduate of Jennings County High School. He led the Panthers to 1 basketball sectional title and earned All Sectional recognition in 1978, 79, and 80 and All State recognition in 1980 among other accolades. Beezer still holds the record for most points scored in a varsity basketball game at JCHS having scored 46 points and only shooting 4 free throws in that contest. He was a hard-to-beat high school tennis player earning all-conference recognition. These skills would later in life translate to the Ping Pong table where he was rarely beaten. After graduating from Jennings County High School, he went to Indiana State on a full ride to play basketball the year after Larry Bird would depart for the NBA. Beezer would transfer to Bellarmine University where he played four years of basketball and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1986. Beezer was a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team in 2005 and was the City of Louisville Supper Club Sportsman of the Year his senior year at Bellarmine. He was the owner of Miller Tire and founded Martin and Miller Real Estate Co. now Coldwell Banker with Rick Martin. Beezer was a fast-picking banjo player who had played with several bands over the years. He was recently inducted into the Park Theater Musician Hall of Fame in North Vernon. Beezer was an accomplished entrepreneur and real estate developer, having worked with many partners over the years. He cherished those relationships and above all he cherished his time spent with family and friends. Whether playing music or guiding the boat across open water Beezer was always making memories for those close to him.
Left to cherish his memory are sons, Donald (Linda) Miller of North Vernon, Edward (Rachel) Miller of Freeport, FL and David Miller of Freeport, FL; grandchildren, Wayne and Barrett Miller; sisters, Patricia Miller of North Vernon, Teresa “Bug” (Danny) Brown of Columbus, Mary “Fireball” Miller of North Vernon; brothers, John “Spider” (Kathy) Miller of Bloomington, Donald Miller, Bernie (Sharon) Miller, Paul (Lonnie) Miller, and David Miller all of North Vernon; brother in law, Dr. Larry Brooks of Bloomington.
In addition to his parents, Donald and Mary Miller, Beezer is preceded in death by sister, Ann Brooks and his brother, Frank Miller.
Memorials can be made through the funeral home to the organization of the donor’s choice.