Services for Gale James Miller, 86, of Vandalia, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at First Christian Church of Vandalia, with Brother Jamie Franke officiating. Private family interment services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Homes, L.C.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Mr. Miller passed away at 3:35 p.m., August 19, 2012 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.
He was born May 12, 1926 in Crawfordsville, Ind., the son of Willard D. and Ada Opal Wright Miller.
He married Zada Logerman on November 6, 1945 in Bowling Green and she survives.
Other survivors include one son and his wife, James L. and Pat Miller of Vandalia; one daughter and her husband, Connie and Warren Bartison of Vandalia; one brother, Willard D. (Junior) Miller of Bowling Green; five grandchildren, Christina (Kevin) Williams, Patricia (Darin) Clithero, Scott (Jennifer) Bartison, Charla (Mike) Smith, all of Vandalia, and Travis (Amy) Miller of Thompson; 10 great grandchildren, Kelsey (Austin) Winegartner of Guam, Korbin Hays of Spokane, Wash., Kennedy Hays, Joshua Davis, Joseph Clithero, Andrew Bartison, Matthew Bartison, and Emily Smith, all of Vandalia, Ryan Miller and Anna Miller, both of Thompson.
He was preceded in death by four brothers; Homer Miller, Paul Miller, Vernon Miller, and Melvin Miller; and two sisters, Velma Jennings, and June Claggett.
Mr. Miller moved to this area in 1946. He owned and operated Miller Plumbing Service from 1947 until his retirement. He was a very active member of the First Christian Church of Vandalia. He taught Sunday School, served as a deacon and elder, and drove the Church bus for many years. He was instrumental in organizing the Central Mo. Christian Evangelist group. He and his wife taught English lessons while wintering in Texas for seven years. He won a blue ribbon for cross cutting wood at the Vandalia Fair.
He enjoyed flea markets, camping, playing washers and horseshoes, reading, and watching sports.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Mo. Christian Evangelistic Group, in care of Brother Jamie Franke, Treasurer, 205 W. Park St., Vandalia, Mo. 63382.
Pallbearers will be Scott Bartison, Christian Williams, Patricia Clithero, Travis Miller, and Charla Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be his great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made at www.bienhofffuneralhomel.com.