Welcome to the memorial page for

Joseph Steve Miko, Jr.

February 6, 1933 ~ June 3, 2017 (age 84)

Joseph Miko, Jr., “Joe”, departed this world surrounded by loved ones Saturday, June 3rd.  Born to Joseph Miko, Sr., and Elizabeth (Vamos), Miko on February 6th, 1933, Joe was the oldest of seven children: Betty (Walt) Modesto of New York, Margit Wiseman of Mishawaka In., Emery (Rose) of California, John (Daina – deceased), Frank (Nancy), and Mary (Ron) Davis of Michigan. Joe served in the Air Force directly after graduating the then, Greene High School.  He was stationed in Korea during the Koran War and served as a radio specialist. Once he served his four years, he was ready for the next phase of his life.

He always loved adventure, leading to his greatest adventure of all, his marriage of sixty one years, and five children, with Geneva, “Jan” Walker, Miko. They married on June 2, 1956, in Shreveport Louisiana and moved back to South Bend, Indiana where they stayed the remainder of his life.

He worked in road construction most of his adult life, including Asphalt Engineers, and Reith & Riley, where he was a heavy equipment operator. Besides putting in long hours, Joe managed to farm his land, maintain his apple orchard, become a beekeeper and a member of Michiana Bee Keepers Association, and helped out with his sons’ memberships in Boy Scouts of America.

Joe leaves behind his loving wife Jan, and their children: Don, (Cindy), Lori, (Pat) Ewing, Rick, Sandy, (Dave) Campbell, Cindy, (Joshua) Polando. Grandchildren: Sara, (Jack) Smith, Amy Ewing, Dan Campbell, Emily Ewing, Ian, Emma, and Ben Polando. His great-grandchildren include: Nate Ewing, Angelo Flores, and Makenna and Keaton Smith.

Joe’s greatest joy was watching his grandchildren, and later great grandchildren, play together at family gatherings on his farm. He was notorious for his above the knee tickle torture maneuver when the grandkids sat in “His” chair, and giving scratchy kisses and hugs when he “accidentally” forgot to shave

Even though a stroke took much of Joe’s verbal communication away back in 2004, he was still the man his family would love to sit down with for a talk. He was always good for a laugh and would write down his thoughts that he couldn’t verbally express. He taught his family that it doesn’t take words to be a supportive and loving friend.

Joe was a compassionate man who taught his children that one person can make a difference in this world. This in mind, his family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to any of the following organizations: Wounded Warriors, Arbor Day Foundation, World Wildlife Foundation, Pet Refuge, or the Humane Society. We know that our dad would want us to thank all his wonderful caregivers though his medical difficulties, and for the love and care they gave so freely.

It is for this, and so much more, that he will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 11:00am Friday in the Zahoran Funeral Home.  Burial with military services will following in Sumption Prairie Cemetery.  Family and friend may call from 4-8 Thursday in the funeral home.  To leave an online condolence, visit our website or our facebook page Zahoran Funeral Home. 


Charitable donations may be made to:

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

Arbor Day Foundation

World Wildlife Foundation

Pet Refuge
2300 W. 6th Street, Mishawaka IN 46544

Humane Society
2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka IN 46545

 Service Information

June 8, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Zahoran Funeral Home
1826 S. Kemble Ave
South Bend, IN 46613

Funeral Service
June 9, 2017

11:00 AM
Zahoran Funeral Home
1826 S. Kemble Ave
South Bend, IN 46613

June 9, 2017

11:45 AM
Sumpton Prairie Cemetery
20301 Kern RD
South Bend, IN 46614

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