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Gerald "Jerry" F. Millar

Gerald "Jerry" F. Millar

Gerald "Jerry" F. Millar, 66 of Bemidji died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center after a 3-year battle with multiple myeloma.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Pony Lake Church in rural Bemidji, MN with Rev. Bill Goodman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements.

Jerry was born March 4, 1947 in Bemidji, MN, the son of Raymond Millar and Valeria Barge. He attended elementary school in a one-room school near his home. Always athletic, his favorite childhood memory was running alongside the bus trying to beat it to school. Jerrys family moved to the range to take advantage of the mining jobs when he was in high school. He graduated from Aurora High School and then attended St. Cloud University where he earned his elementary teaching degree. Jerry did his student teaching at Bel Air Elementary School in New Brighton, MN. He was hired as a full-time teacher shortly after and spent the next 34 years teaching 4th grade, 6th grade, technology and coaching track. He married Sandra Adams and they were blessed with identical twin sons, Mike and Mark; they later divorced. He married Debbie Way and they made their home in New Brighton. Ten years ago, Jerry retired and moved back to Bemidji to be closer to his dad and childhood friends. Jerry was an avid golfer who liked nothing better than to show his two sons that dad could still hit the ball competitively. He was also passionate about deer hunting and recently remodeled his deer shack for his last successful hunting season. Always a car lover, Jerrys next project was to make a timeline of all the cars he had owned. Jerrys love of speed and mechanics extended to snowmobiles, four-wheelers, snow-plows and a collection of riding lawn-mowers.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Millar of Bemidji; sons, Michael (Karen) Millar and Mark (Caitlin) Millar; step-daughter, Jessica (Blake) Way; step-son, Andy (Amy) Way, father, Ray Millar and 2 grandchildren, Jensen and Corena.

He was preceded in death by his mother Val, step-mother Thelma and brother Leon.

Special thanks to the all the Bemidji oncology nurses who so compassionately brightened his visits.

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