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LEONARD 'GREG' MILLER

 

February 17, 2021

Greg Miller of Kiowa, Kansas, was born February 3, 1951, in Hardtner, Kansas, the son of Mary Kaiser Miller and Leonard T. "Bub" Miller. He passed away February 9, 2021, at the Kiowa District Hospital at the age of 70 years and 6 days. Greg graduated from Kiowa High School with his best friends, the Class of 1969. Several of the classmates enjoyed a trip to Branson in 2019, which Greg treasured. Greg attended college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma, before transferring and graduating from Pittsburg State University with a B.S. degree in wood preservation.

Greg started his career with Desoto Furniture Manufacturing in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He then lived in Yukon, Oklahoma, for a short time and worked for a stereo speaker company. After that, he moved to Okeene, Oklahoma, to work at the Gypsum Plant in Southard. While there, he loved to water ski at nearby Canton Lake.

Deciding it was time to help his dad with the farming more permanently, he moved back to Kiowa for harvest. Greg had worked with Bub from an early age as a custom harvester and loved to run the combine. After the wheat planting was done that fall, Greg, who was not known to sit idle, decided to spend his winters as a snow ski instructor in Colorado.

He spent the first few years of his ski career at the Wolf Creek Ski Area near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, before moving to the Aspen Ski Company in Aspen, Colorado, where he was a private ski instructor on Buttermilk Mountain. Greg met many interesting people from across the world in his 30 years of being a ski instructor. Every year he would leave in November for Aspen, ski every day, then return to Kiowa in April in time for harvest preparation. Greg retired from skiing in 2014 after teaching his last lesson that spring.

Greg was also very passionate about car stereos. He spent any spare time he had working on his vehicles to take to competitions and he did very well, even at the national level.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by one sister, Shirley Christensen and husband Dennis of Kiowa, Kansas; one niece, Renee Christensen Reed and husband Chris of Wichita, Kansas; three great nephews, Carsen, Nolan and Greyson Reed; and a number of cousins, relatives and friends.

Greg was cremated at his request under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Kiowa. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at http://www.lanmanmemorials.com.

Memorials may be made to South Barber FFA or The Barber County Fair through Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.

 

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