J. Stuart “Stu” Miller, 85, of Bluffton, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 25, 2020, at Christian Care Retirement Community.

He was born on May 8, 1935, in Adams County to Walter Carl and Vera Corinne (Smith) Miller. Stu lived in Warren until the eighth grade, when he and his family moved to Berne.  

He was a 1954 graduate of Berne French High School and attended Butler University. Stu served in the U. S. Army from 1958 to 1962. He was stationed in Germany and served during the Berlin Crisis. 

Stu and Elaine Ann Gould were married on November 18, 1962, in Berne. After marriage, the couple moved to Bluffton. Stu worked for Dunbar Furniture and for Smith Brothers of Berne upholstering furniture. Stu continued to operate his own reupholstering business out of his home for many years. 

Stu was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bluffton.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Elaine of Bluffton, and children Andrea (Richard) Bussert of Carroll, Ohio, and Jason (Sharon) Miller of Delaware, Ohio, along with granddaughters Audrey Elaine Bussert and Lauren Annetta Bussert.

Stu is preceded in death by his parents.

Private family celebration of Stu’s life will be held at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton with Pastor Sherrie Drake officiating. Burial will follow at MRE Cemetery in Berne.

Friends wishing to watch Stu’s service can do so from the safety of their home, utilizing a Zoom Meeting. You can login using the Zoom Meeting I.D. # 865 7150 7215 and you can login after 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

Memorials may be made in Stu’s memory to First United Methodist Church or Christian Care Retirement Community.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.  Friends can send online condolences to the Miller family at www.thomarich.com.