'Fabric of the community': The late Jack Miller will be honored at Case Celebration


Those who knew Jack Miller say he could have been a politician, but loyalty to family and community kept him in Lebanon, where he was a part of the fabric of the community.

Miller, who died on Sept. 2, 2015 will be honored with a commemorative knife at this year’s Case XX Celebration of the Ozarks, which is scheduled for Sept. 9.. The Case Celebration is an annual event for knife enthusiasts that takes place at Shepherd Hills Cutlery in Lebanon. Each year at the celebration, Shepherd Hills features a knife in honor of  a local resident. According to Shepherd Hills co-owner Rod Reid, the business tries to chose someone who is part of “the fabric of Lebanon.”

Miller’s resumé includes 13 years as Laclede County’s prosecuting attorney, a stint as chairman of the Missouri State University Board of Governors and years of legal practice in Laclede County, but according to Rod Reid, Miller was chosen for the commemorative knife because he always got involved to help people.

Shepherd Hills Co-owner Randy Reid stated, “Jack was a hometown boy, and he was very successful and had the opportunity to go beyond Lebanon, had he chosen to do that, …but he elected to stay in Lebanon to make an impact on our community. We recognize things like that, whether it’s somebody of notoriety or somebody that’s not of notoriety, and Jack obviously is on the notoriety side.”

Randy Reid said that Lebanon owes its prosperity to people like Miller.

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