Tuesday, April 12, 2016


We always appreciate those that contribute to the
Paradise Blog.  

We need assistance from each of you

This was sent last week from "Star."

 Thanks to Steve Thompson of the south Paradise Pride Committee  we have beautiful flowers growing on the east side of the black top.  This really sets the  south side off from the rest of the dull, boring town.  This took real artistry to get the fresh flowers arranged properly. 
 Main Street is nothing but out of county and state vehicles while the regional news media  have been camping out on the edge of town.  This is the most exciting April I can remember.
 Fred Whitman who is the Russell County Sheriff said if he catches anyone sitting on the flower pot they will be arrested and jailed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016



I received this in an email from Lois.

"Thanks for every thing you do for the Paradise Blog;  I love to read it.       
In 1983,  I had cancer of the colon;   surgery to remove the cancerous part of the colon and a colostomy [artifical opening] was made on my left side.   The lower part of the colon was removed plus the rectum, anus, etc.         
Fast forward to 2016,  33 years later.   I had emergency surgery on Feb.13;   for an "impacted colon  and a hernia right below the colostomy."    The doctor removed that part of my colon and repaired the hernia and had to make a new colostomy farther up .  It had not "burst" or I would have really been in trouble.   
Back in 1983 I had no chemo or radiation;  just surgery to remove all of the cancer.    
Today,  I have___" no cancer";  just a very sore abdomen  !!!       Lois Bonar"

Friday, March 18, 2016


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I saw these wonderful pictures of our Paradise Water Tower on facebook this morning.  I sent a message to the photographer, Rex Rosenberg, and asked for permission to post these on this blog.
Yes, he gave me permission.  His response . . . .
"Hello-- It was a real treat to have been able to do those photos that day. I've been by that place countless times over the years and have always wondered about it. It's fine with me that you put my photos in the blog as long as they aren't modified in any way."

This is how he introduced the photos on facebook . . .
Rex Rosenberg . . . . . March 15 at 6:52pm"Although not intended, arrival time yesterday at the Paradise Water Tower was perfect. For many, many years I've wondered what the interior of that tower looked like and I finally got to find out. Some men working on the tower allowed a view inside while they worked."
These pictures are also on another link on facebook . . . .
"Old, Abandoned and Interesting Places - Kansas."
I'm not sure, but I'm thinking he might be the Creator of this link.  His link and this link are both very interesting.

Pictures by Rex Rosenberg

 Previous pictures of the water tower.

Water Tower - July 4, 2008

Pictures from Jim - From the top of the water tower

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


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I must apologize. I failed!  

Penny Rounkers Loker, sent me a message on facebook on 2/16/16 saying . . . . .
"Please put something on the Paradise blog.  Lois is in the hospital.  She had surgery Sat.  They found more cancer but hopefully they got it all.  (Colon)  She will be in ICU for a week. Please remember her in your thoughts and Prayers!!!"

I have been praying for Lois, but I evidently just forgot to put it on this blog.  I came to put an update about Lois this morning and it hasn't been on the blog.  I am so sorry!  Penny, this is completely uncalled for and I will try to do better.  Please keep sending me prayer requests and information. 
This morning on facebook, Lois posted on facebook . . . .

"Thank you everyone for the visits, cards, flowers, food, and gifts of friendship that you have shown me since my "emergency " abdominal [colon] surgery on Feb. 13, 2016. I was in I.C.U. for one week, Re-Hab for another week and went home on Feb. 27th. I am able to do more each day and go to Re-Hab at the CORE twice a week. Thanks for the prayers!!!"

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Iva M. (Laughlin) Byrd


Iva did not graduate with the Class, as they moved, but her picture is at the bottom of the Class pictures and she was at the 2010 Class Reunion.
Click on links

Iva and Jim's Wedding Anniversary

Class of 1960

2010 Reunion Pictures of Class of 1960 1
2010 Reunion Pictures of Class of 1960 2

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Eleanor (Eulert) Laubhan class 47


Eleanor (Eulert) Laubhan
, 86 of Russell, Kansas, died January 29, 2016, at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.

She was born Jan. 13, 1930, the daughter of Otto and Elsie (Reich) Eulert. She grew up in Rural Russell County and attended Paradise High School. She attended Ft Hays State University and taught school for a short time.  She worked at various businesses in Russell. She worked as a bookkeeper at Laubhan Electric when she married Paul Laubhan on May 27, 1959.  He preceded her in death on June 30, 2001.  She was a longtime member of St John Lutheran church in Russell. She enjoyed her many pets throughout her life time.

Survivors include two sisters, Irene Schmidtberger, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lynda Koelling of Paradise, Kansas; Two brothers, Lewis Eulert of Hays, Kansas and Don Eulert of Santa Ysabel, California.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister Joyce Gillett and a brother Harold Eulert.

Funeral services to honor Eleanor's life will be held at 2:30 PM on Thursday, February 04, 2016, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating.  Private burial will follow at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Russell.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Hays Humane Society and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Joe Zitnik Obit class of 1961

Joseph Zitnik Joseph Max Zitnik, 
age 72, 
passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 
Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kansas. 

Joe was born January 9, 1943 in Garden City, Kansas, the son of Joseph & Maxine (Ford) Zitnik. A lifetime resident of Wichita County, Kansas, he was an Educator with over thirty years experience serving and teaching in the Wichita County school system and a farmer/rancher. Joe was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas. He had also served on the Board of Directors for Wichita County Schools and Area Mental Health. Joe’s surviving family includes- Two children- Van Zitnik- Overland Park, Kansas Jasmine Zitnik- Fort Worth, Texas His Mother- Maxine Zitnik-Mills- Strickler- Leoti, Kansas Four siblings- Charles & Carolyn Mills- Aurora, Colorado Sheila & Gary Campas- Leoti, Kansas Rita & Milton Beydler- Wiggins, Colorado Dana Lieurance- Denver, Colorado One grandchild- Andrew Joseph Zitnik- Overland Park, Kansas His fathers, Joseph Zitnik and Govan Mills and a brother, Harley “Tuck” Mills, preceded him in death. Vigil Services will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas with Father Benjamin Martin officiating. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery in rural Wichita County, Kansas. Friends may call from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Tuesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.
 Memorials may be written to the Leoti EMT’s and mailed to:
 Price & Sons Funeral Home PO 161 Leoti, Kansas 67861

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Amelia G. Michaelis Class of 1954

Amelia G. Michaelis, 80, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Friday, November 20, 2015 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
Amelia was born February 4, 1935 in Jetmore, Kansas, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Strecker) Schneider.  They lived in the Jetmore area until the early 40’s when they moved to Russell.  Then in 1949 they moved to Paradise where she graduated from Paradise High School.
Amelia was united in marriage to Arnold “Arnie” Michaelis on April 1, 1956 in Russell.  This union was blessed with five children; Jeffrey, Randall, Roxanne, Judith and Jerry.  They lived in the Russell area until 1962 when they moved to Gorham.  Then in 1966 they moved to Paradise until 1974 when they returned to Russell.
Amelia was a devoted wife and homemaker.  She also worked at several local restuarants
and stores.  She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church and the Russell V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, cross stitching, reading, playing the piano, baking, auctions, shopping, going to the grandchildren’s activities, KC Royals baseball games, vacations to the National Bowling tournament, attending IMCA-sanctioned racing events, and watching KU Basketball.
Surviving family include her husband of 59 years, Arnie of the home; sons, Jeffrey Michaelis (Janelle) and Jerry Michaelis all of Russell, Kansas; daughters, Roxanne Young (Scott) and Judith Riebel (Perry) all of Russell, Kansas; sisters, Catherine Barnes of Dodge City, Kansas and Alta Weigel of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Anglea Carter, Brittany Michaelis, Nathan Wheelock, Joshua Noonan, Caitlin Young and Amanda Michaelis, and one great grandson Gavin Height.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son Randall, six brothers ( Schneider), Lloyd, Victor, John, Clarence, Rueben and Dean and five sisters, Viola Maier, Ruth Gerhardt, Edna Propp, Helen Stephens and Elnora Schwein.

Celebration of Amelia’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Otterbein United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Memorials have been established with Otterbein Building Fund or V.F.W. #6240 Ladies Auxiliary.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Sunday, November 15, 2015



From left to right
Vada Krumwiede,Van Hoisington, Ernest Thacker, 
Miss Virginia Robertson, Randall Weller,
Dorene Chrisler, Roger Pruter, Dick Woodall.

Monday, November 9, 2015



From Will Haworth . . . . .

"It was good to talk with Arlin's wife this evening. They are now living in Lebanon, MO with her daughter I think. Some around there are specialists in the therapy Arlin needs. He is able to eat some foods now and is working at talking and improving use of his arm and leg on that side. We keep them in our prayers. I do have the address..."
1424 Ryan
Lebanon, MO 65536

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender, 93, of Waldo, Kansas passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Parkview Care Center in Osborne, Kansas.
Grace was born may 22, 1922 on the family farm near Waldo, the daughter of Fred and Violet (Tabler) Gillett. She grew up in the rural Waldo area and graduated from Waldo High School.
Grace was united in marriage to Werle C. Mullender on May 22, 1940 in Osborne. This union was blessed with three children; Vanan, Marla and Janis. They made their home on a farm north of Waldo. Werle preceded her in death on August 3, 2002.
Grace was a devoted wife and homemaker. She was always helping Werle on the farm. She also drove the school bus for Waldo - Paradise School District # 399 for many years. She was a member of the Waldo United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed collecting rocks, fishing and doing crafts.
Surviving family include her son, Vanan Mullender (Brenda) of Waldo, Kansas; daughters, Marla Brumbalow and Janis Harp (Charles) all of Waldo, Kansas; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers Rex Gillett and Max Gillett, and a granddaughter Collette Harp.
A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Vincent Cemetery north of Waldo. There will be no visitation. A Memorial has been established with the Waldo Senior Center. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Monday, September 14, 2015



Scroll down to Sept. 2 to get the first updates.  
The first information is at the bottom, thus you have to scroll up to read the updates in order.  

From Arlin's College roommate, Will Haworth, 9-13-14 . . . . . .

"Arlin & Joann Chesney        
1005 N. Lafayette
Brownsville, TN  38012    

Many cards are getting to Arlin.  He is remaining in the hospital for rehab . . intensive rehab . . . for the present time.  He got the NG tube out of his nose and his feeding tube into his stomach is working.  Getting the NG tube out of nose and throat help in trying to talk.  He is getting Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and swalling.

There have been cards that come from the post on the Paradise blog . . . and that has been a real blessing to him."

Thank You to each of you for sending cards to Arlin.  Paradise always shows their support, their love and their concerns.
We appreciate you very much.

  • 9/13, 6:11p

Friday, September 11, 2015


The day Americans put their differences aside 
and stood united.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


I am in the process of adding pictures by Greg Rud.
I have been interrupted and will finish ASAP!
Sorry that I am so slow!
I am in the middle of income taxes right now.  Since I was ill the first of the year, I didn't make the April deadline, so working on the Oct. deadline.  Will get back to these wonderful pictures - and more - after the taxes are completed.

Friday, September 4, 2015



I am sharing this from facebook.  Isn't this a beautiful picture?
It was posted 9-3-15

Rural Routes by Greg Rud

This is Paradise, KS. Population 45.
As fate would have it, I happened to meet Betty Mead, who was near where I was shooting, as was her son, Kim, who gave me some history. I think they may have been related to one of the founders. "In 1859, a hunting party explored the area, including a small tributary of the Saline River which led them to a site abundant in water, timber, and bison. One of the hunters, "James R. Mead", described the site as paradise, and the tributary subsequently became known as Paradise Creek." - (Wikipedia)

Picture by Greg Rud

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


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Update from Will Haworth . . . .

"I just talked with Joann, Arlin's wife, and she says Arlin is able at times to talk some but then it becomes hard to understand.  He has the electric stimulator on his hand sending signals to the brain to establish or increase contact and 'message'transmission.  He is getting rehab.
Tomorrow he will get a feeding tube in the stomach and then the NG tube will be removed after 72 hours.  He works to move his arm with his good arm . . . and his foot with his good foot and leg.  It takes him time but he knows he has to do it and figures a way to get it done . . . of course, that is Arlin.
Where to go for rehab . . . intense rehab at the hospital  . . . will insurance pay?  Or may go to where family is in Missouri to assistance to do intense rehab.  Keep praying . . . Thanks!"

Update from Will Haworth . . . .

"Arlin is doing about the same . . . a lot of working in rehab on Fri. . . . tired and rest on Sat. . . . looking for placement in a nursing home for rehab . . . a very difficult decision to make . . . will drop the total time of rehab in half each day"

Update from Will Haworth . . . .

"They got Arlin up today and in a wheelchair and took him down to rehab . . . got him up and tried walking . . . he took three steps and stopped and rested, then took three more and again to a total of 4 times.  He wanted to do more but they said not to get too tired.  Back in the room they had an electric stimulator for the hand and worked with that until he could raise one finger  . . . then two fingers.  They feel like this is real progress today and it kind of wore him out."

An update about Arlin from Will Haworth . . . .

"Arlin is in a room now and they are doing therapy trying to enable him to stand . . . working with speech and with swallowing . . . some speech is understandable. Thanks for praying."

I read this on facebook this morning.  It was posted by a former minister and a wonderful friend of ours, Will Haworth.  

"Many of my friends on FB know my college roommate and close friend, Arlin Chesney. This morning Arlin had a stoke and is in serious condition in the hospital in Tennessee. The next 8 to 10 days is a wait and see period of time. I would ask you to join Diana and me in prayer for good progress and total recovery for Arlin... and for strength and comfort for his family."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Cheryl Marie Cronk
Born: August 21, 1946
Died: August 23, 2015

Cheryl Marie Cronk, 69, retired USD 260 bus driver, avid cribbage player, and wonderful Mother and Grammy, passed away Sunday August 23, 2015.
Cheryl’s greatest joy in life were her grandchildren Kaitlyn and Troy.
Visitation 1-8 p.m. Thursday (family present 5-7)
Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday, both at Smith Family Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Rd., Derby.
 Cheryl was preceded in death by her husband, Verlin Ray Cronk.
Survived by her children, Darwin (Deidra) Cronk of Wichita and Karen Gustin of Derby;
 grandchildren Kaitlyn Cronk and Troy Gustin;
step-granddaughter Jordan Malsom;
brothers Lyle (Laverne) Marcotte and Ray (Judy) Marcotte,
and special friend Charley Peterson.
 In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to assist Kaitlyn and Troy with future education expenses in the name of
“Cheryl’s Grandkids Education Fund”
 10224 Westlakes Ct,
Wichita, KS 67205.

About Verlin Cronk . . . . Click on  
Verlin Cronk

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015



I recieved this announcement from Roger Pruter a few days ago.  This will be wonderful!
Thanks Roger!

Museum in Natoma, Ks

The Natoma Museum, that is being established, will be located in the old Pohlman building.  The Museum Board has graciously offered Paradise a space in the museum.  Due to our area being only 4 feet wide and 8 feet tall, we will be restricted to small items.   Anyone who has old pictures of Paradise, especially business stores, or items of historical interest, please contact one of the following:

Roger Pruter   719-332-9051 


Dan Hoisington  785-998-4320


Wednesday, July 29, 2015



William Keith Elliott, 86, of Natoma, Kansas passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Hays, Kansas.
Keith was born on the family farm north of Paradise, Kansas on February 10, 1929, the youngest of seven children of Gilbert and Grace (Winder) Elliott.  He grew up on the farm and attended school in Paradise and Natoma, graduating from Natoma High School in 1947.

Keith met his future wife in high school and was united in marriage to Ida L. Albrecht on October 31, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Natoma.  This union was blessed with four children; Pam, Mark, Jeff and Joel.

Keith was a farmer and stockman most of his life and, except for a short time in Harlan, Kansas, he and Ida have lived in the Natoma area.  He served on the local school board from 1959 to 1972.  He also served on the Rooks County Fair Board.  In addition to farming, he was a high school and small college basketball referee for over 30 years.  It was not uncommon for Keith to attend basketball games, either officiating or observing, three to four nights each week during the season.
Keith was an avid reader and a student of anything that piqued his curiosity.  He felt strongly about quality education and expected his children to do their best work regardless of their chosen path in life.  To him, anything worth doing was worth doing well, and when he had an opinion about something, it was strongly held.
Keith loved to tease family, friends and sometimes total strangers, and he enjoyed a good practical joke.  He cared deeply about his family, his cattle and the land, and he worked hard to provide for them all.  He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Natoma.
Surviving family include his wife of 67 years, Ida of the home; daughter, Pam Pendergast (Michael) of Prairie Village, Kansas; three sons, Mark Elliott (Suzanne) of Guangzhou, China, Jeff Elliott (Barbara) of Hays, Kansas and Joel Elliott of Huntington Beach, California; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Russell Elliott, Clair Elliott, Ray Elliott and Arvis Elliott; and two sisters, Julia Colby and Blossom Hutchcraft.

Celebration of Keith’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma.  Burial will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery in Natoma.  Visitation will be at the Church from 9:00 AM to Service Time on Wednesday.
Memorials have been established with Peace Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


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Check out Rosemary here on the Paradise Blog in 2009.  Click on →  Rosemary

Rosemary Thomas Stewart

November 11, 1934 - July 21, 2015

Rosemary Thomas was born to Dale and Mabelle Thomas on November 11, 1934 in Wewoka, Oklahoma.
While attending a church potluck deer supper Rosemary met the love of her life, Lewis Jr. Heiney. On March 6, 1952 Rosemary and Lewis were married in Russell, Kansas and began their new life together.  Rosemary and Lewis were blessed with three children, Rosalynn Kay, Karen Faye and Gary Paul.

With Lewis, as he supported his family in the oil fields, they lived in Kansas, Nebraska, & Wyoming. 1971 began their life as ministers in the Assemblies of God. She was an awesome asset as a pastor’s wife and help mate, while serving churches in Elkhart, Pleasanton and Osawatomie. Kansas.  Rosemary and Lewis retired to Ozark, MO in 1993. Rosemary accumulated many hardships and even more memories in pastoral duties.  The greatest hardship was certainly the death of daughter, Karen Faye Heiney in 1976.

While visiting son, Gary and family, a missionary in Venezuela, the dream of a lifetime, seeing the work Gary and family were doing ended with death of her love, Lewis in 1996.

Rosemary was blessed a second time with love, when God sent to her Clyde Stewart. Rosemary and Clyde were married and she spent precious years enjoying life with Clyde.  She lost Clyde in 2005 and again was alone.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Mabelle Thomas,
her only brother, D.A. Thomas,
her daughter, Karen,
and her husbands, Lewis Heiney and Clyde Stewart.

Rosemary is survived by daughter Rosalynn Handley and Doug of Ozark, MO,
her son, Gary Heiney and Patty), of Venezuela;
6 grandchildren and spouses, Carri & Dave Eisenhauer, Tammi and Ryan Creason, Megan Heiney, Mark and Laura Wells, J.D. and Jenny Heiney, and Stacia Handley and Fiancé ,Bryan Anderson.
6 great grandchildren, Tielyr & Kaleb Creason, Asa, Amaria & Aliyah Wells, and Landon Heiney.
Rosemary made each child, grandchild, and great grandchild, including those of Clyde Stewart feel special and loved each one dearly;
1 sister in law, Irene Thomas, Overland Park, KS,
and many cousins, friends, and “church” children across the United States.

Rosemary attended church at Oak Grove Assembly of God, A faithful servant, when physically able to attend. Rosemary is described by many as the “Proverbs woman”. While rosemary is walking the streets of gold, pain free with family members in heaven that have gone before her , we are left…a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends here on earth with a gaping hole in our hearts, waiting for the day that we can join her in heaven.

Services for Rosemary will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, July 27, 2015 at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday July 28, 2015 at Pleasanton Cemetery, Pleasanton, Kansas.

Contributions may be made to AGWM Samuels House #7597 1445 North Booneville Springfield, Missouri 65721.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


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January 30, 1941 - May 31, 2015

 Gary G. Miller, 74
Randolph, AL
passed away
May 31, 2015 at his home

Gary is survived by his wife of 18 years, Judy Lawley Robinson Miller; 
daughters, Pamela (Erick) Miller Newman, Seattle, WA, Rhonda Miller Kirby, Prattville;
grandchildren, Brian C. (Joy) Kirby, Wetumpka, Hunter K. Kirby, Montgomery, Caitlin A. Kirby, Eugene, OR, Erika and Jack Newman, Seattle;
great granddaughter, Sophia Born, Eugene.
He is also survived by three step children, Ed Robinson, Mill Valley, CA, Jennifer Robinson, Memphis, TN, and Jeff Robinson, Norcross, GA;
three step grandchildren, Avery Robinson, Mill Valley, Jeffrey and Jordan Robinson, Norcross;
brothers, Roger (Sandy) Miller, Fred (Kaye) Miller, all of Salina, KS, Myron (Rosie) Miller, Colo Springs, CO;
sister, Marilyn (DeVane) Dinkle, Russell, KS;
and by his dog, Lady.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Clemmons Miller,
parents, Godfred and Alvina Miller, Russell;
and two sisters who recently passed away in February: Sharon Miller, Russell, KS and DiAnn (Kenneth) Becker, Sylvan Grove, KS.

 Gary was a member of Randolph Baptist Church where he and Judy enjoyed growing in their faith in the Lord. He was a former member of Frazer UMC in Montgomery. Gary had an amazingly unselfish love, particularly for his daughters and grandchildren, then extending out to others, especially his 92 year old mother-in-law, Alice Lawley. He was loved by everyone who came in contact with him. He was retired from the Army and an avid Auburn fan.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:30 PM, at Rockco Funeral Home, Montevallo, AL. with Bro. Tony Reynolds, his pastor, presiding.

Visitation will be Wednesday Evening, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Rockco Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2:45 PM from the Alabama National Cemetery with full military honors with Bro. Tom Hammett presiding.
Pallbearers will be Brian and Hunter Kirby, Ed and Jeff Robinson, and Andrew and Tyler Pair who were neighbors in Montgomery and like his own sons.
Honorary pallbearers will be young grandson, Jack Newman, Gary’s SS Class at Randolph, his family, Judy’s family, his first wife’s family and Shawn Scott.
 No flowers requested. Donations may be made to Wesley Gardens Retirement Home, 1555 Taylor Road, Montgomery, AL 36117, where Gary worked 15 years as Dietary Manager;
or to Randolph Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 275, Randolph, AL 36792.
The family would like to thank Gentiva Hospice of Clanton, AL for their amazing care the last three weeks, especially their niece, Anne Taddicken.

From Onnalee - Gary sent this to me in 2008.
Hello from Gary and Judy Miller