Gary M. Miller

Gary M. Miller

Gary M. Miller was born on April 7, 1938, in Centerville, Washington, to parents Milton and Velva Yeackel Miller. He died on September 12, 2013, in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 75 years.

Gary was raised and attended school in Sherman County, graduating from Moro High School in the class of 1956. He later attended Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon State College. Gary then worked as an ironworker on various construction projects for several years before returning to Sherman County to run the family ranch. Gary was united in marriage to Rhonda C. Schledewitz on June 30, 1973, in Culbertson, Montana. They purchased Northwestern Commission Company and moved to Hermiston, Oregon, in 1979 and have operated it for the last 34 years. Gary was the Northwest Director of the Livestock Market Association for 15 years.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed hunting and cherished his time with his family and loved his time with his grandchildren. Gary was a past champion steer wrestler in the community.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Miller, Hermiston, Ore.; son Mark Miller, Salem, Ore.; daughters Tara Miller and Lexi Miller, both of Hermiston, Ore., and Robin Campbell, Salem, Ore.; sister Mary Jo Lane, Grass Valley, Ore.; and grandchildren Trey, Andre, Sloane, Holly and Amber.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Tonai Kirkelie.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Northwestern Livestock Commission Company (Westland Road & I-84) Hermiston, Oregon. Private burial will be at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.

Those who wish may make contributions in Gary’s memory to the American Heart Association, 1200 Naito Parkway, Suite 220, Portland, OR 97209.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.

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