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Garry D. Miller

August 14, 1941 ~ April 19, 2018 (age 76)

Garry D. Miller, 76, of Van Wert, passed away Thursday morning, April 19, 2018 at Hearth and Home in Van Wert.  He was born August 14, 1941 in Grover Hill, Ohio to the late Samuel E. and Rheba (Thomas) Miller.  On June 17, 1962 he married C. Cleona (McClure) and she survives of Van Wert.

He is also survived by 2 daughters, Kim (Louie) Utterback of Paulding, Ohio and Lori (Les) Hockenberry of rural Haviland, Ohio; 4 grandchildren, Rachel Wiechart, Tricia (Jordan) Taylor, Aaron (Ashley) Hockenberry and Kacee (Haden Sholl) Hockenberry; 4 great grandchildren, Brennen, Beckett, Kaden, and Monroe; one brother, Randy (Julie) Miller of Grover Hill; and a sister in law, Pat Miller of Grover Hill.

Garry retired from B.F. Goodrich in Woodburn, Indiana after 33 years of service, he drove school bus for Wayne Trace Local Schools, and mowed and was a cemetery caretaker for Benton Township, Paulding County.  He was a former member of the Grover Hill and Payne village councils, former Grover Hill volunteer fireman, had coached his daughter’s softball teams, and an avid hunter.  He was a 1960 graduate of Grover Hill High School.

In addition to his parents, Garry was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Miller; and an infant sister.

Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Kurt Tomlinson presiding.  Burial will take place in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, Ohio at a later date.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, and again one hour prior to the funeral at church.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church or Grover Hill Fire Department.

Arrangements are being handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences may be expressed at

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