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Gary R. Miller

Apr 02, 1947 - Jan 11, 2022


Gary R. Miller, 74, of Sheboygan, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 surrounded by his family, at Memorial Hospital in Sheboygan. Gary was born in Bemidji, MN to Kermith and Goldie (Newby) Miller on April 2, 1947. He proudly graduated from Hurley High School in 1965, home of the Hurley Midgets. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UW – Platteville in 1969. He worked for numerous consulting engineering firms, including Donohue/Rust and Zimpro, before retiring after 43 years.
Gary married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn DeZur, in Hurley WI, in 1968. Their love for each other grew over the years with devotion and commitment through all of life’s adventures and trials.
Gary was proud of his three sons who followed him into the field of engineering: Troy (Angela) Miller, Jason (Megan) Miller and Darin (Priyanka) Miller. Gary loved and cherished his grandchildren, Wesley, Isabella, Grant, Owen, Zachary, Aden, and Devin. Gary’s siblings include Jean Gatton and Jack Miller. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Kurt Miller.
Gary’s brilliant mind and driven personality were balanced by his generous heart. He persevered through many obstacles in his life, rising from humble beginnings to create a great life for his family. He was exceedingly loyal and supportive to the end.
Gary’s adventurous spirit led him to embark on travels throughout his life. He made meaningful connections and had vibrant conversations with people from all across the world. He owned multiple RV’s, the first of which he purchased as a young man. This allowed his children to visit all 48 states before they reached high school. He enjoyed buying, selling, and driving classic cars, 1960s music, and challenging himself to learn new skills, including: investing, new technology, calligraphy, recording and copywriting two songs, and the art of negotiation. He treasured watching his grandchildren at their various events. He was an avid sports enthusiast, multi-sport athlete in high school, long distance bicycler, and dedicated youth coach.
Gary’s soul was fed by forming and maintaining lifelong friendships starting with his formative years in Hurley, where he picked up the nickname “Izzy”, continuing with his Phi Sigma Chi fraternity brothers in Platteville and progressing to his many work colleagues. More recently, he was grateful for his weekly breakfast club get-togethers.
Gary was known for his generosity of time and talent. He gave willingly to many nonprofits as well as anonymously helping people in need, setting a great example for his family. Gary lived a full and amazing life. He dared to dream big, never backed down from a challenge and his charismatic presence filled the room. He was deeply loved by his family and friends and we are all enriched for having known him. We will miss our husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, and Friend.
A memorial service will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. Masks are recommended by the family and will be provided if necessary. Interment will take place in Hurley, WI in late spring 2022. Condolences may be expressed online at No memorial fund is being established, instead, in honor of Gary, find someone in need and pay it forward.


Date: Saturday Jan 29, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday Jan 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Ginger Nasi

My sincere condolences go out to Marilyn & her entire family for the loss of her husband Gary. He was such a brilliant & entertaining man who will be missed sorely by all who knew him. Rest In Peace Gary 🙏🙏

Julann (Hoeft) Cramblit

My sincere condolences.. What an amazing accomplished man Gary was! May the cherished memories of his wonderfull legacy sustain you and remain forever in your hearts.

Eugene Prosek

so so sorry, you have my prayers

Pat Loreti Henrich

My condolences Marilyn and family. I’m sure you have a treasure chest of memories to help you through these difficult times. Sounds like Izzy has had a life to be proud of.

Paul Chase

Our hearts are filled with sadness for your loss and your family is in our thoughts, prayers.

Don Roecker

From Platteville days at college to working at Donohue, to our breakfast group gatherings, Gary has always been a good and trusted friend. His love of life is an inspiration to all of us. He will be truly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful man.

Leonard Hickey

Dear Miller Family, We loved Gary's energy and enthusiasm. He lived life well! His legacy lives on and thrives in his sons and grandchildren. Love, Len & Nancy Hickey and Kate & Matt Mader, Grand Rapids, MI,

Jane Paap Flynn

So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Such a great guy. The Miller Family holds a special place in my heart.

Thomas C. Pilgrim

I was proud to have Gary as a co-worker, supervisor, mentor, and most of all a good fried. He will be greatly missed by our Saturday morning breakfast group and our retired Donohue workers Port Washington breakfast group. Pilly

Mel Heimark

Troy sending our condolences to you and your Family.

Anne and Rob Schroeder

Rob and I met Gary at Majerlies when we lived in Black River. That friendship carried on to Riverdale Country Club. Our adult twin boys loved their conversations with Gary , as did Rob and I. He was smart, funny and full of interesting stories. He was very well known for his generosity and it was often difficult to get him a drink before he bought ours. We are so very sorry for your loss and can honestly say ,?loved him as a friend. Sadly we will be gone for his memorial service, but we will be thinking of him.

John loubsky

Good memories living at the the dinner Hours. O M G I'm so sorry for your loss...just remember the good times. John loubsky

Ray Prosek

Marilyn and family I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tisha Jones

Dear Miller Family, So sorry to read of Mr Miller’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kathleen Blackburn

The beauty of a well-lived and fought life never dies….it continues to embrace and inspire us. May you find comfort in your loving memories. Grace to you and Peace from God.