Gene C. Miller, 92, of Pomona, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Wellsville Retirement Community.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Dengel & Son Mortuary with Masonic and military honors by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Family will meet with friends from 3-4 p.m,. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at the mortuary. Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. The family suggests memorial contributions to Power of the Past c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Gene’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.
Gene was born March 18, 1927, in Neosho, Missouri. He was the son of Harry and Rebecca (Chandler) Miller. Gene lived in Pomona, Kansas, during the 1950s before moving to Colorado. In 1965, he returned to Pomona where he made his home until his death.
He graduated from Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis, Wyoming, and became a certified welder while employed at the Kaiser Shipyards in Seattle, Washington. Gene served in the United States Army during the occupation of Japan right after World War II. After returning to Wyoming from overseas, Gene was employed by Kiewit Construction. Gene also worked for Eaton Metal during his time in Colorado until he became a full-time farmer just prior to his return to Kansas.
Gene was united in marriage to Georgia Elnora Simonson on Dec. 21, 1947, in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Georgia preceded Gene in death in November 2019.
Survivors include four children, Michael G. Miller and wife, Patti, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Gary C. Miller and wife, Pam, of Ottawa; Charlene Howard and husband, John, of Ravenna, Ohio; Kris Miller, of Pomona; sister, Betty Johnson, of Overland Park; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Norman Miller and a sister, Sharon Anderson.
He was a life member of the Masons McKinley Lodge No.41, A.F. & A.M. of Pomona and the Union Chapter No. 15, OES of Ottawa.
Gene loved farming, collecting tractors, and was a dedicated husband to Georgia for 72 years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.