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Lawrence Wayne Miller

KSCB News - February 7, 2011 12:00 am

Lawrence Wayne Miller, 92, was born April 17, 1918 in Liberal, KS
to Samuel A. & Susie Little Miller.

He graduated from Liberal High School in 1935. He attended
Ft. Hays State College and the University of Minnesota graduating
in 1940. He returned to Liberal where he was a funeral director
and embalmer in Kansas and Oklahoma.

In 1941 he volunteered for military service and was assigned to the
Medical Detachment 137th Infantry, 35th Division. He landed on Omaha
Beach July 6, 1944. He served in France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland
and Germany receiving five battle stars and the Bronze Star for
rescuing wounded soldiers under enemy fire.

Following his discharge he returned to Liberal and became a partner
with his father and brother Wendell Miller in the Miller Mortuary. Upon his
fathers retirement in 1965 he became sole owner of the firm until selling
it to Jim Kaufman in 1980 when he retired.

He married Dorothy Province Stelting in Liberal on December 25, 1949.
She preceded him in death November 4, 1998.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American
Legion, Fargo #300 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Wichita Consistory, Midian Shrine. He was a charter member of the Kiwanis
Club. He was a life master in the American Contract Bridge League.

He is survived by two sons, Ernie Miller, Larry Miller and wife
Diane; three grandchildren, Nate, Zach and Jordan all of Liberal;
one brother, Wilbur Miller, Wichita, KS; one sister, Martha Brown,
Carson City, NV.

Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at Miller Chapel,
with Rev. David Randall presiding.

Entombment will in Fielders Mausoleum, Liberal Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Miller Mortuary 1-8 P.M. Sunday and
9 A.M.-8 P.M. Monday and 9 P.M. until service time Tuesday.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Midian Shrine,
for transportation of crippled children, in care of the mortuary.

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