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Gregory R. Miller passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Spectrum Health Blodgett, with his family at his side.

The son of Earl & Agnes (Coyle) Miller, he was born March 9, 1949 in Jackson. Greg married Bonnie Jean Vroman and together they shared 40 years and raised four children and two grandchildren.

Greg had a passion for collecting unique items, from carousal horses to oriental rugs. Throughout his childhood he compiled a plethora of comic books, which he kept for many years. Greg had an unmatched affection for Christmas – he collected small Christmas houses, loved real Christmas trees and treasured the time his family was able to gather during the holiday. He was known for his artistic abilities from playing guitar and singing, sculpting, painting, drawing, landscaping, and interior design. Greg loved to express himself in a variety of ways. He had a way of providing advice to family and those around him that will be sorely missed. Of the many things Greg cherished, family was what mattered most.

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Maxie Miller, Diane Light and Judy Hartley. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Chayo & Ryan Gould, Michele Donahue, Eric Miller & Jennifer Cook, and Tyna Hartley; grandsons, Brayden Gould, and Gavin Gould; brother, Skip & Carol Miller; many nieces and nephews, and canine companions, Romeo, and Juliet.

Visitation with the family is from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E. at 36th Street (one block west of Eastern Avenue) Grand Rapids, with a Celebration of Life following at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. A luncheon will be provided afterwards in the hospitality area.

Instead of flowers the family would appreciate contributions in Greg’s memory to Disability Advocates of Kent County or Arts in Motion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Greg’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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16 Comments

  1. Todd McCarthy on October 1, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I’m so sorry Bonnie, quite the shock. U and Greg r good people as well as friends. Eric was like a second son to us growing up. Was hoping to catch up with u guys sometime down the road, but unfortunately life throws curveballs at us and things change. My thoughts and prayers r with u all now and always. Friend forever! P.S. Bonnie if u need anything don’t hesitate to reach out.



  2. Nora on October 1, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Aunt Bonnie, Chayo, Michelle, and Eric,
    Incredibly sorry for your loss. This seemed to happen so fast. I can not imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. So thankful we had a fun weekend over the summer with Uncle Greg present.

    Love you all,
    Nora Swank & family



  3. Lena & George Vroman on October 1, 2019 at 11:22 am

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers 🙏. Remember many gathering and happy times with our families. He has left a wonderful legacy of family and fond memories for you and your family to cherish. Our hearts are with you in your time of sorrow.



  4. Theresa Cazabat (cha) on October 1, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Sorry for your loss Tyna.



  5. Gerry and Frank Ruddy on October 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    My deepest sympathies for such a profound loss. Greg is resting in the arms of the Father. May he rest in eternal peace. Love, Frank and Gerry Ruddy



  6. Laurie Radle Coffel on October 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    My condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss.



  7. Karla Kay on October 1, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I’m grateful to have known my Uncle Greg all of my life. As a young girl who always fealt different than the other kids, Greg always knew the right things to say. He showed me different views or perspectives or ways of looking at things that made sense to me. In his creative and philosophical way, he gave me comfort and made me feel like I wasn’t such a weird kid, and that there were others who viewed the world just like I did. He was a very unique and special man, and I’ve always loved him for that. His views and gentle philosophy continued to give me comfort over the year’s as an adult whenever I had the chance to share a conversation with him, I always fealt like I learned something. He expanded my mind and that gave me much comfort. Although some may have viewed his philosophy as a bit extreme at times, I always knew him as a very bright, and intelligent man. Searching for answers and understanding of this often cold and cruel, confusing world. Despite his own struggles and pains in life, I knew in his heart of heart’s, It was always in the right place. Thankyou, Uncle Greg. May our Creator, the Creator of All… give you Comfort, Peace and Understanding during your Soul’s next chapter of existence. Love you always, Karla Kay 🌎🙏🌻💔✌



  8. Elaine Hollemans on October 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    So sorry for you loss Bonnie. I know you and Greg enjoyed life and had so much fun together. Praying for your family.



  9. Skip and Carol Miller on October 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. We will especially miss that smile of his that he has in the picture. He was a talker and would argue with his brother just about on anything which his brother will miss greatly. He leaves behind allot of memories that his family and friends will remember and cherish. One of the best memories was when we took a vacation to Disney World together. Love to all of you. Skip and Carol



  10. Cheri Snay on October 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Bonnie, I can’t even imagine the feeling of loss that you were going through right now. You two had many great years together and shared even more wonderful memories that will help you get through these difficult times. We will be out of town on vacation, so unable to see you this Friday. Will keep you lifted in prayer.



  11. Carol Kadzban on October 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Oh Bonnie, I am so sorry for your loss, 40 years is a long time of memories and love, knowing you, you will hold those in your heart and through your children and grandchildren. I didnt know your husband but my heart is very sad for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.



  12. Jan Knapp on October 1, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Willl miss my fellow collector…loved looking at our TREASURES!!!!! So many years of knowing each other…..so many memories….and for being Bonnie’s soul mate…..may you find peace…..



  13. Don Morell on October 1, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Greg, I enjoyed working with you for many years. But after that we became true friends. You and I have a similar sense of humor I enjoyed a lot of the same things. Going to concerts together and dinners together with the wives hi. I will never be able to replace you as a friend. Rest in peace buddy



  14. Renee Thompson on October 2, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Although I did not personally know Greg he sounds like he was an amazing man! My heart breaks for you Bonnie and your family as you mourn the loss of Greg. I hope you find comfort and peace knowing that he is back home with his maker. Sending love and prayers.



  15. John Frey on October 3, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Eric so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your Dad was a great guy. His legacy will live on in your family.



  16. Jenie bothwell on October 4, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    So sorry for the familys loss.ive known greg for about 45years hes always been a great guy,and i know he loved his family immensely. I will miss the long discussions,and the love for antiques we had in common.now you can have the best discussion ever.



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