Jerry "The Bull" Miller, of Key West,FL, passed away at home on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
Born December 31, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Joseph and Victoria (Jakubiec) Miller, Jerry was a graduate of De La Salle High School.Following graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served for three years. While stationed in Barstow, CA, Jerry was a decorated sharpshooter and later a riflery instructor.
Following a long and successful career as a compensation specialist and insurance consultant, Jerry damned the torpedoes to pursue his dream of living the island life here in 1998. Once he arrived, Jerry was involved with The Seance Theatre and later was the friendly face that welcomed visitors at Papa's restaurant. He went on to work in the tourism industry before retiring in 2010.
Outspoken and stubborn as all get-out, but generous of spirit and always willing to drop everything to help a friend, Jerry lived life in Key West through a series of happy routines: a morning walk up Smathers Beach, coffee and a mimosa with the newspaper, a close and constant eye on the internet tracking the weather, and regular Happy Hour gatherings with friends from The Alice Foundation. His passion for beer and friends was matched only by his passion for aviation and boating, which made Key West the perfect stomping ground for him in the later part of his life. He really loved this island.
Jerry is survived by his sister Kathy Mulvaney, with whom he shared Sunday morning mimosas, and his great friend and brother-in-law, Mike. Additionally, Jerry is leaving behind a beloved crew of nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and -nephews.He loved when the extended family circus came to town, though perhaps not quite as much as when they finally left.
As a Marine, uncle, brother, friend, and proud citizen of the Conch Republic, Jerry will be greatly missed.
Friends and family will gather for a memorial celebration next week at Schooner Wharf Bar -- Jerry's Home Away From Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or the to the local charity of your choice. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.