Timothy Joseph Miller, 72, died June 7 in Great Bend, following a brief struggle with cancer. He was born Jan. 24, 1940, at El Dorado, the son of Cyril W. “Cy” and Frances Cecelia (Muth) Miller. He was a 1957 graduate of Great Bend High School. He married Marilyn Fern Betts at Great Bend. They later divorced. He married Loretta K. Bradshaw on May 25, 1985, at Eureka Springs, Ark. A Great Bend resident since 1946, living briefly in Texas and Southern California, he was owner and operator of Oilfield Manufacturer’s Warehouse, Miller Plastics, Miller Ranch, and Charlie’s Place.
Mr. Miller was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, was a founding board member and current president of Kansas Oil and Gas Museum, Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (KIOGA), Texas Longhorn Breeders Association President, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development board of directors, Knights of Columbus Council No. 862, and Elks Lodge No. 1127. He was a Barton County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. He was recipient of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award in 2012.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta K. Miller, of the home; two sons, Sean Miller and his wife Julie of Great Bend, and Matthew Miller of Great Bend; three daughters, Kim Sneath and her husband Terry of Great Bend, Leslie Moseley and her husband Bill of The Woodlands, Texas, and Lynn Bradshaw of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Don R. Miller of Hutchinson and Roch A. Miller of Ellinwood; one sister, Monica A. Bowers of Great Bend; five grandchildren, Chance DeForest, Tyler DeForest, Ross Moseley, Zach Burford and Katie Burford; and one great-grandchild, Riley Becker DeForest. He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael L. Miller.
Memorial Mass will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday at Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum or Tim Miller Hospice Memorial, 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 Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 8, 2012