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The initial announcement of Reverend Gary Miller’s death follows this update:
A visitation will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Congregational Church of Algonquin, 109 Washington Street, Algonquin, IL. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM at the church following the visitation.
A visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Church of Peace, 158 S. Military Road, Fond du Lac, WI. The funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon at the church following the visitation. American Legion Post #75 will conduct military honors. Cremation will follow the traditional services.
A memorial service will be held at Asylum Hill Congregational UCC in Hartford, CT at a later date.
Memorials in Gary’s name are appreciated. Consider the Holyland Food Pantry, the Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity, or your local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
If you would like to enjoy a couple of NRB tracks with Reverend Miller on trumpet, click here
October 23, 2016
We were just notified that the Reverend Gary Miller, co-founder with Dave Oppermann of the New Reformation Band in Saginaw, died this past weekend near Fond du Loc, Wisconsin. He was 73.
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s department said Miller suffered a medical condition prior to an accident which caused him to lose control of his auto which then crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that car is hospitalized but expected to recover.
Our profound condolences go out to Reverend Miller’s wife, Beth, his family, and his innumerable admirers. His leadership in many communities, his zest for life, and his love of music will be permanent reminders of a life lived very well.
Reverend Gary founded the NRB with Dave Oppermann in 1970 when he was the Youth Minister at the First Congregational Church in Saginaw. He also founded the first of four groups to come out of the NRB when he established the Celebration Road Show in 1972 and toured the country for five years. Brother Nick Oppermann was a regular member of the group (on banjo, guitar, and vocals), as was Craig Hodnett, a native of Buffalo, New York, doubling on string bass and tuba.
Gary was a native of Tonawanda, New York. After his time in Saginaw concluded, he accepted an assignment in Coral Gables, Florida, and later moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he became minister of the largest and oldest Church of Christ east of the Mississippi.
After retiring he moved to Malone, Wisconsin, where he still served in area churches and reportedly never gave up his trumpet.
Here is a link to a Sunday, December 20, 2015 meditation by Reverend Gary Miller at St. Paul’s UCC in Malone, WI (Miller appears first near the 1:10 point of the video.)
Heaven has gained a fine trumpet player… but we will miss him.