Gary E. Miller – Pratt Tribune

2022-08-27 13:25:47 By : Ms. Yvonne Lin

Gary E. Miller, 87, Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away on July 6, 2022. Gary was born on October 17, 1934 in Haviland Kan., the son of Francis Xorbie and Esther (Obenchain) Miller. Gary attended grade and high school in Haviland and excelled in sports, playing on the runner-up state championship basketball team in 1952.

Gary attended Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University, studying drafting and engineering and later worked as a draftsman for Boeing in Wichita. On December 17, 1955, he married Rose Marie Bradley in Greensburg, Kan., and the couple made their home in Denver, Colo. where Gary worked as an engineer for Sundstrand Aviation. The couple’s two children, Mike and Teri were born in Denver.

Sundstrand transferred Gary to Rockford, Ill. in 1965 and the family spent five years there before moving back to Kansas, settling in Greensburg. He worked for Cross Manufacturing for 25 years in Lewis, Kan., heading the hydraulic cylinder manufacturer’s engineering department until he retired in 1998.

Gary was devoted to his family, coaching youth baseball and softball teams and supporting the athletic, education and career paths of Mike and Teri. By example, he instilled attributes of honesty, loyalty and a strong work ethic. Family members cherish memories of many amazing family vacations and Canada fishing trips. In retirement, Gary and Rose enjoyed traveling in their motor home, spending winters in Gulf Shores, Ala. They moved to Pratt, Kan. after the Greensburg tornado where Gary was active in the Pratt Rotary Club, the Pratt Presbyterian Church and golf. In 2019, Gary and Rose moved to a retirement community in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Rose of Lee’s Summit, Mo., daughter Teri (Julie Quirin) of Kansas City Mo., son Mike (Lisa) of Pratt, Kan. sister Barbara Pfaff, nephew Brad Pfaff, and nieces Carrie Schaefer (John), and Kristie Pfaff, all of Kansas City, Mo. Cremation has occurred and a celebration of Gary’s life for family and close friends will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to, select Saint Luke’s Home Care and Hospice from drop-down menu.