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Gayle R. Miller

April 7, 1934 December 25, 2017
Gayle R. Miller
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Gayle R. Miller passed away at the age of 83, on December 25, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a Christmas day of celebration, good food and much love. He was born in Ionia, Michigan on April 7, 1934, the son of George and Ida (Kaski) Miller. After graduating from Ionia High School, and service in the Michigan National Guard, he took a job with General Motors in Lansing, beginning a career that would last 43 years. Gayle was a skilled tradesman and worked as an inspector in the Oldsmobile Wood Model Shop, a job in which he took a great deal of pride.

In 1957 he met Bernita Schrauben and together they began a marriage that would last 60 years. They raised five children: Carol Miller (Cay Oglesby), George Miller (Cynthia), Anne Phillips (Rod), Janet Foreman (Scott), and David Miller. Gayle was a loving grandfather to nine grandchildren (Chloe Foreman, Jason Miller, Bree Foreman, Robert Phillips, Geoff Miller, Stacy (Miller) Kleyn, Thomas Phillips, Antonio Miller, and Nicolas Miller), a favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews, and a much-loved brother-in-law to all of Bernita’s siblings. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald Miller of Ionia.

After his retirement from GM in 1994, Gayle enjoyed weekly Friday night dinners out with his family, golf, travel, time spent with his cat Buddy, and playing the stock market. Gayle loved to play the role of curmudgeon, but beneath that exterior was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His humor and sage wisdom was the center of every family gathering, and he was known for his repertoire of witticisms.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be given to GLEAP in memory of Gayle Miller. Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com

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Visitation

Friday

29

Dec

10:00 AM 12/29/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/29/2017 11:00:00 AM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Service

Friday

29

Dec

11:00 AM 12/29/2017 11:00:00 AM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States
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