Phillip Myles Miller, 67, went to his forever home to be with his Lord on Feb. 5, 2015. He was born Aug. 16, 1947, in Great Bend, the son of Carlos M. and Mary E. (Downey) Miller. He graduated in 1965 from Great Bend High School and attended Fort Hays State University. Phil served in the U.S. Army Reserves and then headed west to southern California where he settled in the beach area. He met and married Karon Converse and they later divorced. He worked as a realtor, but when the real estate market started failing, he moved to the Palm Springs area. There he made a career of selling insurance, co-owning an insurance agency, and owning and managing rental properties. He met and married Maribeth Vandervort in 1988. In 1995, they moved to Great Bend where he became co-owner and operator of Miller Printers with his father.
Phil was a member of Grace Community Church where he served on the finance committee, a member of the Great Bend Kiwanis serving on its board, and a member of American Legion Argonne Post 180. After returning to Great Bend, he became reacquainted with his fellow classmates from the class of 1965 and served on the reunion committee. He was a man who could figure out most anything mechanical or technical, always preferring to fix it himself if he could. Phil and Maribeth loved to travel, having visited many American states, with a highlight of his life being a trip to Israel. His favorite pastime was riding his bicycle along the beaches of California.
Phil is survived by his wife; his father Carlos Miller; two daughters, Angie England of Holt, Mich. and Alicia Courtright and husband Steve of Leslie, Mich.; three sisters, Jill Pletcher and husband Tom of Wichita, Lisa Edgett and husband Ken of Great Bend, and Lorrie Kromka and husband Shane of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Cody, Sara and Samantha; extended family and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his mother and his brother Douglas Miller.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m., today at Grace Community Church, Great Bend, with Pastor Jay Beuoy officiating. Cremation has taken place. Memorials are requested to Grace Community Church Missions or Golden Belt Humane Society, in care of Bryant 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, Feb. 10, 2015