SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. — Gary Miller, 69, of Safety Harbor, Fla., passed away June 19, 2013, at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor.
Gary Melvin Miller was born on March 11, 1944, in Waterloo, the son of Melvin L. and Iona Miller. He grew up in Evansdale and attended East Waterloo High School. On Dec. 19, 1964, he was married to Roseann M. Calhoun in Iconium. They lived in Waterloo and later moved to Sussex, N.J., Greeneville, Tenn., Winsdor, Pa., and settled in Safety Harbor, Fla.
Gary graduated with a degree in tech/industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and received engineering and management program executive training from UCLA.
During his career as an executive manager, Gary was responsible for teams of engineers that provided major systems to the DOD and prime contractors. Gary had over 40 years of experience in senior level corporate positions and was involved in enhancing conventional munitions, missiles and military systems at Chamberlain Manufacturing, Aerojet Ordnance, General Defense and Olin Ordnance.
Gary joined L-3 Communications in 2002, where he was the director of systems programs, leading several programs including the 105 mm Stryker MGS system and the new 120mm Multi-Purpose High Explosive Data Link cartridge program integration into the Abrams M1A1 tank system for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Gary was most recently the director of manufacturing for Liberty Ammunition in Bradenton, Fla.
Throughout his career, Gary co-authored two patents in Kinetic Energy ammunition for the U.S. Army and received several awards from the U.S. Army in the development and enhancement of tank ammunition.
Gary’s career took him around the world, but as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, his great pleasure was his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a past member of the Johnsonburg Gun Club, he enjoyed going to see the “Bucs" and always found great pleasure in attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Gary is survived by his wife, Roseann Miller of Safety Harbor; four children, Andrew Miller, Kristen Weimer, Elizabeth Miller and Carin Miller; six grandchildren, Rachael Deckman, Brianna Weimer, Zachary Weimer, Jasmine Miller, Nathan Miller and Tyler Miller; and two sisters, Melva Schreiber and Diane Halgren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Iconium United Methodist Church in Iconium; Pastor John Armstrong and Pastor Jerry Morrison officiating. Burial will follow at Iconium Cemetery in Iconium.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with Gary’s family present from 6-8 p.m.