Carlos Myles Miller, 95, died March 21 at Stafford County Hospital. Born March 12, 1920, in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence and Alverta (Gaunt) Miller. On Sept. 28, 1941, he married Mary Emily Downey. She preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 1994.
Carlos was a life-long resident of Great Bend, graduating from Great Bend High School in 1938 where he was a member of that year’s undefeated football team. When World War II started, he entered the military service in the Army’s 36th Field Artillery Regiment, fighting in the European Theater. Upon returning home he continued his military service in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Having started as a printer’s apprentice at the age of 14, he continued in the profession when he returned from the war. He purchased Vollmer Printing and changed the name to Miller Printers in 1945. He was joined by his son Phillip in 1995, and they co-owned Miller Printers until their deaths. He was a life member, past president and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis and received the Kansas Kiwanian of the Year and the George S. Hixson Fellow awards. Carlos was also honored with 66 years of perfect attendance in Kiwanis. He was past Commander of American Legion Argonne Post 180, member of VFW Post 3111, past member of the Great Bend Cemetery Board, Barton County Historical Society board, Commission on Aging board, and Philatelic Association. Carlos was also involved with the 36th Field Artillery Association, CASA, Meals on Wheels, and Homework Help. He had been an active member of Central Baptist Church since its inception. He served on the church board of trustees as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
The family owned a cabin near Salida, Colo., in the San Isabel National Forest where he enjoyed family vacations during many summers. He and Mary were members of the Golden Belt Campers Club as they enjoyed traveling frequently. His hobbies included woodworking, stamp collecting, coin collecting and gardening. One of his favorite past-times was spending time with his kids and grandkids, especially when it involved traveling.
Survivors include three daughters, Jill Pletcher and her husband Tom, Wichita; Lisa Edgett and her husband Kenneth, Great Bend; and Lorrie Kromka and her husband Shane, Denver, Colo.; daughter-in-law Maribeth Miller, Great Bend, grandchildren Amy Borgmeyer, Jasmine Pope, Brandon Kromka, Derek Miller, Danielle Henrie, Angie England, and Alicia Courtright; and numerous great- grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Glenn A. Miller and Richard Miller, both of Great Bend. He was preceded in death by two sons, Phillip Miller and Douglas Miller, brother, Merle Miller and sister, Rena Mae Miller.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at Central Baptist Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. Dr. Joan Harrington and Pastor John Grummon officiating. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery, with military rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to Golden Belt Humane Society or Central Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home**
1425 Patton Rd.
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, March 24, 2015