Max Ralph Miller, 93, died Sunday, May 5, 2019 at his home in Garden City. He was born February 5, 1926 in Garden City, Kansas the son of Ralph H. & Esta Idell (Steen) Miller.
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Max grew up in the family farm North of Deerfield, Kansas. He attended Deerfield Schools and graduated from Deerfield High School in 1944. On December 26, 1947, he married Marianne Reed in Garden City. They lived on the family farm until 1985 when they moved to Garden City. They have lived in Garden City since. A lifetime farmer and stockman, Max was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Garden City; a member of Master Farmers; and he served on numerous boards and committees in Southwest Kansas. Max was a car enthusiast and he enjoyed collecting cars, traveling, and playing Rook with friends.
Survivors include a daughter Merrilee & husband John Thomas of Fountain Hills, Arizona; five sons Gerald & wife Beverly Miller, Marc Miller, Monte & wife Nancy Miller, Ross & wife Patricia Miller, and Kyle & wife Dana Miller all of Garden City, Kansas; a foster daughter Gayla Woods Spitz of Weatherford, Texas; a sister Shirley Tillotson of Ulysses, Kansas; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty three great-grandchildren. Max is preceded in death by his wife Marianne who died on December 4, 2012. He is also preceded in death by his parents; a brother Rex & his wife Beverly Miller; and a niece Jacqueline Miller.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City with Rev. Joel Plisek officiating. A private family committal service will take place at a later date. There will be no calling hours. The family is suggesting no flowers, but memorials may be given to the Max Miller Memorial Fund to which the family will donate to various organizations in the community. Memorials are in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City, Kansas.