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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Updated Obituary - Jerry E. Miller

Jerry E. Miller, 87, of Harrisonville, Missouri, passed away Friday, December 17, 2021 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehab Center in Pleasant Hill, MO. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. 

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow the memorial service at 3:00 p.m. in Orient Cemetery. Contributions to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Jerry was born July 3, 1934 in Archie, Missouri, the son of Phillip “Weston” and Lucille Elizabeth (Wimsatt) Miller. He was a lifelong Cass County, MO resident and had lived in Archie and Peculiar, MO before moving to Harrisonville. Jerry joined the US Navy in 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict. In 1955, after his discharge from the Navy, Jerry started work at Bendix in Kansas City. He worked for Bendix until his retirement.

Jerry was united in marriage to Bonnie Milam, September 1, 1956 in Peculiar and shortly after, they made their home in Harrisonville. Jerry was a forty-three-year member of Harrisonville VFW Post 4409, a forty-three-year member and past master (1985) of Cass Masonic Lodge #147 in Harrisonville, a member of Ararat Shrine in Kansas City, a past president of the Cass County Shrine Club, and a member of the Cass County Shrine Club Wildcats motorcycle group.

Jerry was very mechanically inclined and could fix anything. In his younger days, he held his pilot’s license and owned his own airplane, giving his family many thrilling moments.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Vernon Miller. Jerry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bonnie; three daughters, Debbi (Phil) Lehr, Brenda Marble, and Dee Ann Miller, all of Harrisonville; eight grandchildren, Shayla (Mike) McCurley, Dustin Lehr, Sawyer (Kim) Mastin, Amber (George) Quick, Jeron Milburn, Ali Milburn, Joseph (Brittany) Miller and Mike Marble; fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters.