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Gerald "G.W." Miner

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Gerald "G.W." Miner Notice
Miner, Gerald G.W.passed away on June 4, 2014 at the age of 69 after a lengthy battle with kidney failure and related complications attributed to Agent-Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. G.W. was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. In 1963, at the age of 19, he joined the Marine Corps and served 2 tours in Vietnam and was honorably discharged as a decorated Lance Corporal in 1967. Upon his return home, he pursued a lifelong career in law enforcement, first with the Windermere Police Department, and then with the Orange County Sheriff's Office where he served faithfully until his retirement with the rank of Captain in 1996. During his time at the Sheriff's office he also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rollins College. After his retirement, he relocated to Bushnell, Florida where he pursued his treasured hobbies of being a gunsmith, listening to jazz music, drinking coffee, and relaxing in the surroundings of his rural property. He was a master craftsman, artist, computer technician, and historian, with an unmatched depth of knowledge of science and nature, that revealed his insatiable curiosity for all things. He was unquestionably a renaissance man who is sorely missed by all who had the honor of calling him "friend." He is survived by his wife of 38 years - Nancy, mother - Juanita Sheffer, daughter - Karen Bigham (Toby), step-daughter - LisaDeFrancesco (Rodney Ownby), step-son Eric DeFrancesco (Mary) and 4 step-grandchildren - Bryce and Alexis Ownby, Nathan and Grimm Bigham. A service will be held on June 12th at Beyer's Funeral Home Purcell Chapel located at 114 W. Noble Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513. Visitation from 10AM - 11AM. Funeral Service - 11:00 AM. Interment immediately following at the Florida National Cemetery at 6502 S. W. 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513. Online condolences may be left at www.purcellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, FL.

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Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 10, 2014
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