Lyle Devon Miller, DVM, Ph.D., 79, of Carrollton, Texas and Lebanon, Indiana passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at the Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas.
Devon was born December 8, 1938 in Lebanon to Lyle and Hazel Pauline (Beck) Miller.
After graduating from Lebanon High School, Devon attended Kansas State University, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1963. That same year he joined the Army as a 2nd Lt. and served at the Boston Army Base served for 2 years, reaching the rank of Captain before receiving his honorable discharge. In 1965 he entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Veterinary Science. In 1971 he joined the USDA as a Veterinary Medical Officer with Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Ames, Iowa. He continued his work at Iowa State University in Veterinary Medicine as a tenured Professor of Pathology. He also bestowed and presented a yearly scholarship for veterinary graduate students at Kansas State University.
One of his many career accomplishments occurred while at Iowa State, when he took a sabbatical in Scotland to study scrapie, a neurological disorder in sheep.
Devon married Dr. Janice Lilly and was a loving father to their two children, Donald and Brenda. He was an active member of the Lebanon Rotary and Human Society for Boone County as well as a competitive handball player. He was a member of the Centenary United Methodist in Lebanon and an associate member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas.
Devon enjoyed traveling. His trips to Europe, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and Alaska are among his treasured memories. He was known for his quiet generosity, honesty and integrity. In retirement, Devon loved working on the family century farm.
Devon is survived by his significant other, Etta Lou Schomer, Carrollton, Texas; son Don (Maribeth) Miller of Ankeny, Iowa, and their daughters Bethany, Emily and Becky; daughter Brenda (Jason) Fales of Milford, Ohio, and their daughters Alexa and Cate; his sister, Annabelle (Chuck) Pearson of Dubuque, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Devon was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Arthur Lynn Miller.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5 at the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas. A Celebration of Life will be planned for the second week of June in Lebanon, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Devon's memory may be made to the Humane Society for Boone County, Indiana or Centenary United Methodist Church in Lebanon.
Published on December 29, 2017