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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Michael Joseph Miller, III

July 4, 1978June 1, 2019
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Michael Joseph Miller III passed away at the age of 40 on Saturday, June 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family after a brief, but extremely courageous battle against cancer.

Michael was born on July 4, 1978, and raised in Leawood where he spent the majority of both his childhood and adult life. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2000 with a degree in Communication and Advertising. Michael started out his career working as a financial planner with John Hancock where he won various awards in a short amount of time due to his determination and rock solid work ethic. He eventually joined his father’s company, Auto Now, where he was co-owner with his brother, Ryan. Michael loved his career and helped touch the lives of many people through work whom he viewed not only as co-workers, but as family.

Michael loved life and made the most out of any moment. He enjoyed being an active member of the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic community, going to the lake, manning the grill, and spoiling his college sweetheart, Tracy, who he married in 2001. Michael and Tracy went on to have three sons who brought Mike endless joy and pride. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved cheering on the K-State Wildcats, the Chiefs and the Royals; however, his absolute favorite teams were any that his boys played on. When not at work, Michael could always be found coaching on the sidelines, throwing a ball, and being the loudest supporter for his boys.

Michael is survived by his wife, Tracy, and three sons, Nolan, Carson and Dayton; his parents, Mike and Lee Anne Miller; his brother, Ryan (Elizabeth), and their three children, Nora, Reese and Evie; his sister, Molly (Arrin), and two children, Leila and Jaxon; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends. Michael will always be remembered for his kind heart, quick wit, humor, determination, generosity and bright smile.

Family and friends are invited to attend a rosary service or pray the rosary starting at 5 p.m. followed by visiting hours until 8 p.m. on June 6 and a Mass of Christian Burial on June 7 at 10 a.m. – both at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Leawood, KS; 14251 Nall Ave., Leawood, KS, 66223. Burial to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery; 9500 West 159th Street, Overland Park, KS, 66221.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a donation to honor Mike and support Nolan, Carson, and Dayton’s education. Please make checks payable and mail to: Team Miller Education Fund, benefiting Nolan, Carson and Dayton c/o Carrollton Bank, 1575 N. Green Mount Rd., O’Fallon, IL 62269.

Services

  • Rosary Service Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, June 7, 2019

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Christina Larson

June 6, 2019

Micheal would always come in workout and not have a dry eye in the studio. His ability to train, run business, speak so highly of Tracy, and smile so big about coaching in the boys showed how much he enjoyed living. We at the studio miss him always and clients that also coach their boys would share stories of travel and the joys of the boys being boys.

Nancy Maslowski

June 5, 2019

Tracy, Nolan, Carson, Dayton and family please accept my most sincerest condolences. I know Mike and the Miller family have a very special relationship to the Maslowski family and there are no words that can express how much he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Nancy Maslowski

Gary Hamilton

June 4, 2019

I am truly blessed to have known Mike Miller. I thank God for our paths crossing while walking this earth. My heart aches during this time knowing the good man, great employer and good friend that he was will no longer be among us. Praying for strength and comfort for all his family, loved ones and friends. May God Bless and keep you. Until we meet in the hereafter my friend!

Michael Hiatt

June 4, 2019

I met Mike and his father back around 2005-2006. Mike was getting groomed to take over Auto Now and I was starting as a media sales rep at Time Warner Media. We were the same age and Mike was learning the TV commercial business to advertise Auto Now and I helped put together an advertising schedule and helped him get a commercial produced to run. That meeting at our Time Warner offices turned into a good friendship for many years. We shared our passions for the Royals and Chiefs and we had friendly banter over KU/Kstate. Mike was an easy guy to get along with. I had an investment house in Independence and when he saw my FB post about trying to find a tenant, he immediately reached out and offered to put up fliers at his Independence location for his employees to have a house to rent. He went out of his way to make connections and help others. I hadn't seen him in many years after leaving Time Warner, but we kept in contact occasionally on social media with our love of local sports. Will miss you, Mike. The world was a better place with you in it. But, your legacy and kind heart will never be forgotten. Prayers to all his family, especially Tracy and boys. - Michael Hiatt

Kevin Bukaty

June 3, 2019

We'll miss you always, Michael! You're the best!

Sharon Snyder

June 3, 2019

Thinking of you and your family, wish you peace and comfort. Gary Sharon and Marilyn McCarty.

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