Gary Charles Miller

Gary Charles Miller, 79, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2023, surrounded by loved ones at his residence in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Born in Many, Louisiana, Gary called many places home including France, Texas, California, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii, Italy, Qatar, Colombia, and most recently, Michigan.

Gary served in the Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He later became an employee of the federal government with focus on budget and finance. Gary worked and lived in various areas of the world. It was in Saudi Arabia that he met his dear wife of 34 and a half years, Annabelle (nee Balaoing) who he would soon marry in Bickenbach, Germany. Together, they worked, travelled and lived. After Gary retired 2003, they settled down in a home in Hawaii. After 3 years, however, they moved to Naples, Italy, Doha, Qatar, Bogota, Colombia and eventually moved back to their home in Hawaii in 2015. While Hawaii was their home, they continued to travel the world with frequent visits to Gary’s son Jefferson in Texas.

In July 2022, Gary and Annabelle left their piece of paradise to settle in Michigan, to be surrounded by multiple family members. However, their plans were blind-sided after Gary was shortly diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Gary valiantly faced the diagnosis as he always does any challenge…with optimism, strength and faith until the very end as he wasn’t going to pass on without a fight. He passed with his son, Jefferson of Texas and his dear Annabelle at his bedside, the two most important people in his life.

He is preceded in death by his father, Howard Miller, mother Lela Belle Miller and sibling, Harold David Miller. He is survived by his dear wife Annabelle, his loving son Jefferson of Schertz, TX and his brother, Glynne of California, many nieces, nephews and many in-laws who thought so highly of him.

A chapel service will be held on January 28, 2023 at 10:00 am, at the Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan. Guests are welcome to arrive beginning at 9:45 am.  Services will be live-streamed on the Gramer Funeral Home Facebook page:

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  1. Phil & Deborah Starr

    You are in our prayers..,

  2. My prayers and thoughts are with the Miller family.

  3. Annabelle I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. My love, prayers and condolences goes out to you and the family. Love you 🥰 and May God bless you during these moments.

  4. Dearest Annabelle, my deepest condolences. My heart aches when I think of you losing the love of your life. Gary was a wonderful man. Hold on to memories of your beautiful love and life together for comfort – you know that he will always be with you, another angel watching over you. Gary will mend your heart with your memories together. I pray God grants you strength to overcome this with time. You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Always, Mae xx

  5. Dearest friend Annabelle,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family . Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
    You will always be in our prayers and May God gives you peace and comfort at this challenging time.
    May God grant Gary eternal peace.

    Take care and God Bless.
    Edwin and Prescy

  6. Dearest Annabelle,

    My prayers are with you for comfort during this very difficult time. May it help comfort you to know that Gary impacted so many of us in so many ways. Our Eskan family shared laughter, challenges, and each other for many years. I have only fond memories and wish him peace. May God Bless him, you, and all of those who are grieving his loss. Much love, Tina AlSadhan

  7. Cherryl Schultz

    Thinking of you with deepest sympathy at this sad time.
    May Gary sleep in Eternal Peace.

  8. My ever dearest best friend Belle,
    In this time of sadness, praying for God’s comfort be with you and the whole family and loving friends; be strong and take courage, God is always with you, God bless.

  9. Gaelin and Rob De Visser and Family

    Praying for comfort during this time, Annabelle. We’re so very sad that Gary has passed, but also happy that he is now with God and pain free. He was such a positive, loving person and his devotion to you was unmatched. Keeping you in our prayers and thankful that we knew Gary. We hope that your many memories together bring you comfort.

  10. My prayers are with you and your family Jefferson. Your father raised a very loving, kind and respectful young man. God bless you and yours.

  11. Your father lived a beautiful life Jefferson my friend. I will pray for you and your family, and know that your father will be with you always to guide you. May God bless your family and you.

  12. Harry and Cindy

    Many memories of Gary during our time together at OPM SANG in Saudi. Our Friday Morning Morale Group will always be thankful for the effort he expended on their behalf and how he was totally dedicated to serving the program and his family. His selfless efforts will always be remembered.

  13. Ted and Emmie Delosreyes

    Our Dear Annabelle,
    May the Lord help you to find the path of peace in this time of sorrow and may the love of God and the caring presence of family and friends comfort you always. 🙏❤️

  14. Our dear Annabelle,
    May the Lord help you to find the path of peace in this time of sorrow and may the love of God and the caring presence of family and friends comfort you always.

    Ted and Emmie

  15. Mary Beth Martin

    Dear Annabelle,

    The world is a little dimmer without Gary in it. May your faith and the memory of your love keep him alive in your heart.

    Dave, Mary Beth and Michael

  16. Mary Beth Martin

    Dear Annabelle,

    I shall always treasure my memories of such a wonderful man. May your faith and the memory of your love keep him alive in your heart.

    Dave, Mary Beth and Michael

  17. Phil and Ellen nash


    Ellen and I are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. It was an honor to work with him at OPM-SANG. May he rest in peace and always be remembered for the incredible and special person he was. Annabelle, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Phil and Ellen Nash

  18. Dear Annabelle and Jeff. Jennifer and I are praying for comfort and peace

    Phil and Jennifer McClain

  19. My dearest Annabelle, my prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Rest in eternal repose with our Lord, Gary. You will be missed but will be remembered with love always. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Love always.

  20. Annabelle,
    Ellen and I were so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I was fortunate to work with Gary, for several years, at OPM SANG in Saudi
    Arabia. May Gary always be remembered for the incredible and caring person he was.
    We know how much he loved you. May the memories of your life together sustain you during this difficult time. You are in and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Phil and Ellen Nash

  21. Tonya L Wilkinson

    Annabelle, my heart-felt sorrow for your loss. I feel it very deeply and grieve with you. Gary was one of the most special people I know and there are no words to express how incredible the two of you were together and what all you gave to everyone. I appreciate you both staying in touch over all these years, sharing your life and journeys through Facebook, and remaining a part of mine and my children’s lives. Praying for you and your family and blessings for Gary, may he rest in peace.

  22. My deepest condolences to Jeff and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Luz Helena Nariño Ojeda

    Dear Mrs.Anabelle, my condolences on your loss…Mr Miller is always in my heart. It has been not only a pleasure but an honor to meet him. Nice memories , always thinking and taking care of you, helping others, and his infinity love for our beloved Fluffy.
    He is now on peace, looking over you for sure.
    Always in my heart, with you in this sad moment, his absence is his presence.
    Good bless you,
    Luz Helena

  24. Arthur and Heide Williams

    Dear Annabelle, Jeff, and relatives,
    Sorrow is heavy on the loss of the person who had been a closest of friends for the years from when Jeff was a boy in Riyadh in 1978 until he passed on to be with the LORD. We, Heide and me considered you two to be amoung one of the most loving couples we ever kept contact with. We can only surmise what that loss of your Gary means and offer you our condolences, knowing that now his suffering is over and he is in the hands of our Saviour…May you regain the strength you need to know we thought Gary to be one who lived the Prophet Micah’s guidance (as I from memory remember it) “You know, oh man what He wants ” to be fair and just and merciful and walk humbly with your God”, And so it was.

    Art and Heide Williams

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