Jerry Davis Millard was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on October 18, 1941, to Brees Ralph Millard Sr. and Dorothy Fern Porter Millard. He passed away on February 1, 2020. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lawrence Stanley Millard and Brees Ralph Millard Jr. Jerry is survived by his wife Gloria Bray Millard, three daughters, Amy Elizabeth Aelwyn, Catherine Emily Millard, and Christy Anne Lenherz, and two grandchildren, Brayden James Rhoades, and Avery Reese Lehnerz. He is also survived by one brother, Larry Dale Millard of Plano, Texas.
Dorothy was a homemaker and had limitations with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Brees was a hard worker, sometimes working two jobs to support the family. He owned a service station near their home for a time and retired from Peterbilt Truck manufacturing. Jerry was not allowed to play sports because he had asthma and instead had tap dancing lessons. He was good at it. He had a favorite dance partner in high school and they won dance contests often. With four boys in the family, his mother would let them out in the morning and expect them back at dinner time. They would bounce bikes off the neighbor’s fences, and hang from train bridge over the Missouri River with neighborhood boys and roam the neighborhood. Jerry and older brother Brees were thirteen months apart. Brees had polio which kept him from starting school for a year, and he and Jerry were in school in the same grade and often same class throughout school, even in college. Brees always thought of himself as smarter than Jerry, but throughout school Brees took copious notes, so Jerry often didn’t bother and used Brees’ notes to study and made better grades than Brees, upsetting his brother.
Jerry worked construction to put himself through college at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated with a BSBA in Business and Accounting. He later took classes at Red Rocks Community College and went on to teach himself computer programming and was a CPA. After graduation Viet Nam was in full swing, and Jerry enlisted in the U S Navy. He operated reconnaissance equipment on spy flights going from Japan to Viet Nam. After four and a half years he was honorably discharged as Lieutenant, and worked for Main LaFrance in Midland, Texas. When that job ended, he spent six months touring Europe, then moved to Denver, Colorado, where he met his wife Gloria at a singles party.
They raised their family in Lakewood, Colorado. He was a member of Applewood Baptist Church. Jerry worked for Ace Block Company in Denver, for a short time and then went to work for Colorado State Government first for Colorado Department of Agriculture, and then most of his career and Colorado Department of Institutions as Controller for Youth Services. That department merged with Colorado Department of Human Services, and he finished his career doing computer programming for their Accounting Department. He told us once if he had it to do over again, he would like to be a carpenter. He liked building things and working with wood and reading about new techniques. He actually did more reading about it than doing it. After retiring from state government, in 2005, he worked as a Reservist for FEMA doing Funds Management in Accounting traveling to disasters often working on same disasters with Gloria or Catherine, also working with FEMA. He was skillful at supervision often dealing with problems very successfully setting a good example.
Jerry was devoted to his family and did lots of childcare, being a permissive grandfather and seeing nothing wrong with donuts every day! He loved letting grandchildren climb on him, spoiling them, teaching them things like bow and arrow, use of slingshot, and shooting BB’s in the gulley near home. He read to them often. He loved watching grandson play basketball.
He had a great chuckle which was heard often. He was often assumed to be shy because he was usually quiet, but would shock people with his sense of humor. His favorite saying was, “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.” He was easy to get along with, liked by everyone, and expected very little from anyone. He was described by many particularly by Navy friends as the person they most wanted with them on a dangerous mission. He was a wise and good man.