Colonel Gerald R. Miller (Ret), of Niceville, FL, received the ultimate orders from the highest authority on April 10, 2018. Gary was called to report for duty just days after his 85th birthday. His instructions were to report to the best piece of real estate imaginable, where he will wear the call sign “Poppers.”
Gary’s orders are an acknowledgement of his many accomplishments as a patriarch, professional and patriot. He will be reunited with family and friends he has not seen in a long time, including his mother, Gladys Miller; his brothers, Ronald and Floyd; and his sisters, Audrey and Shirley. He will be asked to continue to pursue the passion out of which he made an award-winning career – designing and delivering top-quality, custom homes and making many friends along the way. And he will watch over many people who loved him dearly and will miss him always.
This new mission won’t be all work and no play – Gary will be boating, building and boogying to his heart’s content. Danny’s Fried Chicken, tarts and chocolate ice cream are available at all hours. And you can eat all you want and never gain an ounce! Love, laughter and lifted spirits are guaranteed.
Gary left detailed instructions with his wife, Sandy; his brother, Bernard, and his wife, Delores; his daughter, Susan and her husband, Rick; his son, Kevin, and his wife, Charlotte; his son, Mark, and his wife, Lisa; Dorothy, the mother of his children; his step-daughter, Taryn and her husband, Ryan, and step-son, Layne, and his wife, Lauren; his granddaughters Karen, Kristina and Cherie; his great-grandchildren, Grant, Merrick, Skyler, Soraya, Callie and Kayden and his newest grand-babies Sophia and Alexandra. He also left instructions with his beloved cats, Sylvester and VeeBee, but they ate them. We can only surmise that those instructions mirrored the ones he left with his family, which demanded that we celebrate the consummation of his mission here, which has now been completed. Failure to adhere to his instructions will not be tolerated.
Accordingly, a celebration of life will be held at Crosspoint Niceville, 214 Partin Drive S., Niceville, FL at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018. A visitation will be held at the Church beginning at 12:30 p.m. The interment will follow at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 2210 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, FL. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at Crosspoint immediately following the interment. Please come as you are. As much as Gary loved getting dressed up, his preferred attire was a bathing suit.
Gary didn’t care much for flowers, but he did enjoy supporting the Wounded Warrior Project and the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, therefore, the family requests memorial donations be made to either www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org or www.parkinsonhope.org/donate.
The family requests that you visit Gary’s online memorial and share your favorite photos, fondest memories and loving tributes: https://www.forevermissed.com/garymiller.