Gary Lee Miller

January 19, 1951 ~ July 15, 2018 (age 67)

Gary Miller, 67, died Sunday, July 15, 2018, at his lake home surrounded by his loving family.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Evangelical Covenant Church, Bemidji with Pastor Doug Geise officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church.  A Memorial Gathering will be held from 2-4:00 P.M., Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, 303 5th St N, Breckenridge, MN.  Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Breckenridge.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bemidji, MN.

Gary Lee Miller was born January 19, 1951 in Breckenridge, MN to Howard & Minnie Defries Miller.  He grew up on the family farm near Doran, MN until he was 5, when the family moved into Doran.  He attended Doran Elementary School and graduated from Breckenridge Senior High in 1970.  After high school, Gary attended Alexandria Technical College and then Moorhead State University.  He married Julie Deal in 1973 and they would make their home in Breckenridge.  Gary was an agent/owner of American Family Insurance Agency in Breckenridge and Pelican Rapids, MN.  He had a very highly decorated career which culminated in his induction into the American Family Insurance Hall of Fame.  His passion for his clients and his business was superseded by his love and dedication as “Papa” to his loving grandchildren.  Gary retired in August of 2016.  On December 20, 2016, he married Teresa Altenbernd.  They made their home near Bemidji, MN. 

He is survived by his wife, Teresa; children, Lorilee (Thomas) Bergin; Kari (Vincent) Smith; Shannon (Erica) Miller;  Michael (Kelsie) Miller; grandchildren, Samara & Skyla Bergin; Eva, Paxton & Burke Miller; Cecelia, Winnie & Tobias Miller; siblings, Richard (Monica) Miller, Janice Walter, Donna Hanson, Lois Perkins, Mary Ann (Jerry) Layton, Linda (Dan) Rezac.  Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Hanson & Fred Walter.

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