Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2013

Gerry Miller helped put Hartington on the map

Miller, Gerald

HARTINGTON — Leadership and community service are two words that will forever be synonymous with Gerry Miller’s name.

Hartington’s former three-term Mayor, and long-time business owner died Friday of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.

He wore many hats during his storied career here — auctioneer, public servant, John Deere Implement dealer, volunteer, husband, father and grandfather.

After graduating from Hartington High School in 1945,Miller spent two years in the Air Force. When he returned from the service, he farmed south of Hartington until 1960. He also went to auctioneer’s school in 1947, a career he actively enjoyed the rest of his life.

He purchased shares in the local McFarland John Deere dealership in 1960, and in 1965, became the sole owner of Gerry Miller Implement.

Miller was known as an ambassador, a leader, a promoter, businessman, and a man with vision – but he was also known as a friend.

Gene Burbach spent over 20 years working with Miller with city government.

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