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Gerald Miller - August 26, 2011

Gerald L. Miller, age 80, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 after a short illness. He was born Feb. 25, 1931 to George and Ruth Miller on the family farm west of Holyoke.

Gerald graduated eighth grade from Sunbeam Country School and high school from Phillips County School (presently known as Holyoke High School) in 1949.

He married Beulah Cooper Jan. 19, 1953 in Denver and entered the Army Jan. 30, 1953. He was stationed initially at the Ft. Sill Army Base in Oklahoma and then served in Alaska. He was discharged Dec. 24, 1954 and served in the reserves for eight more years.

Gerald farmed the Miller family farm for many years and in 1972 began working for Delmer Moss. He then worked at the Paoli Elevator, State Line Elevator and the Amherst Elevator.

Gerald had many interests including hunting, fishing, square dancing, Bingo and needlepoint, and his later years were spent living at the Regent Park Nursing Home and Carriage House in Holyoke.

Gerald had a strong work ethic and was always willing to help anyone. He loved to tell stories about life on the farm and his many hunting and fishing adventures. He was proud to have served his country with the military and served in the American Legion and VFW chapters.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Ruth Miller, step-father Bill Landreth, brother Leland Miller and son Paul L. Miller.

Survivors include children Rhonda Miller and husband Gordon Carstens of College Station, Texas; Rodney Miller and wife Marti of Buffalo Creek; and Peggy Kreig and husband Benny of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren Shannon Duke and husband J. Scott; Morgan Tran and husband Hugh; Lauren and Garret Carstens; and Lindsey, Leann and Kyle Kreig; one great-grandchild Selah Duke, daughter of Shannon and Scott Duke; sister Lena May Elmquist of Holyoke; brother Richard Miller of Pueblo; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial service was Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating at the Baucke Funeral Chapel. Inurnment in the Holyoke Cemetery followed the service.