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Newmar Corp. Chairman Virgil D. Miller, 62, the man whom many considered the conscience of the RV industry, passed away Sunday (July 7) in Goshen (Ind.) General Hospital after a lengthy illness. His most recent hospitalization began on June 13.
Mr. Miller was born near Nappanee, Ind., and was the valedictorian of the Wakarusa (Ind.) High School Class of 1958.
He began his career as a factory worker and draftsman for a manufactured home builder in Elkhart, Ind. In 1975, he joined Nappanee-based Newmar, where he rose to the rank of president, a position he held until last November, when he took the title of chairman, so he could be relieved of day-to-day responsibilities.
Industry veteran Dick Parks was hired in November to replace Mr. Miller as Newmar’s president.
Mr. Miller was a longtime member of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Board of Directors and he received the RVIA’s Distinguished Service Award last year.
Additionally, he was inducted into the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame in 2001.
He served on the board of Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind., and Action Life Ministries. He attended the Nappanee Missionary Church.
Mr. Miller’s wife, the former Sarah Yoder, passed away in March. Survivors include two sons, four grandchildren, three brothers and one sister.
Friends may call at the Nappanee Missionary Church from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday (July 9), from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday (June 10), and one hour prior to the service at 10 a.m. Thursday (July 11). Burial will be in South Union Cemetery.
The Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home in Nappanee is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be given to Nappanee Missionary Church.