GARY LEE MILBRATH, age 74, of Worthington, died Thursday, September 26th at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. He was on a family vacation heading to Oregon to visit friends.
Gary was born in Worthington to Harold and Vicki Milbrath on May 28th, 1945. He graduated from Worthington High School and attended Worthington Junior College and then Minneapolis Business School. Gary was drafted into the army in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam for one year. Gary received an honorable discharge as a Sergeant in December 28, 1970.
While in Vietnam Gary wrote to a penpal and later they met in person and were married. On December 18, 1971 Marless Fischer and Gary were married in Sioux Valley, Minnesota. They graduated from Mankato State University and Gary went to work for Kresge company for five years and then to Philip Morris for 20 years. He held various positions over the years which involved moves to Iowa, Kansas and Texas. During that time Gary and Marless had two sons Michael and John that fulfilled their lives. In 1993 he brought his family back to Minnesota. He worked for the Worthington Radio station, Medi-Van and his last job was at Sanford Home Medical.
He was an active member of First Lutheran Church. He participated in bible studies, ushering, and serving on the church council. Gary shared his faith by his kindness and his caring words and actions. He was fun to be around and was an all-around special blessing to the people who knew him. Gary enjoyed playing cribbage, fantasy football, watching baseball, and loved collecting baseball cards. He liked golfing and fishing but his most precious times were with family and friends. Gary loved spending time with his children and his granddaughters Ellie and Madison. He was a loving, faithful, and proud, husband, father and grandfather.
Gary is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marless Milbrath, Worthington; two sons, Michael Milbrath (Sara), Denver, CO; and John Milbrath, Worthington; two granddaughters, Ellie & Madison Milbrath, Denver, CO; and two brothers, Greg Milbrath, Mankato; and Roger Milbrath (Karol), Owatanna.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Vicki Milbrath.
Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Wednesday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington; and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Funeral will be 1 pm Thursday at the First Lutheran Church, in Worthington, officiated by Pastor Jeanette McCormick. Burial with full Military Honors, provided by the Worthington American Legion & VFW, will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.