Harley J. Miner

Harley J. MinerHarley J. Miner, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away quietly at the age of 93 on Saturday, January 31, 2015, after living a very full life. He leaves his “sweetheart,” Gerry (nee Majeskie), wife of 68 years, whom he met in 1940. He is also survived by his three children, Miki (Chris) Sobye, Marni (Mike) Czarapata and Jim (Tricia) Miner; his seven grandchildren, Todd (Michelle) Christianson, Donna (Brent) Landowski, Sara (Peter) Holewinski, Teri Holzinger, Erin (Ryan) Van Hammond, Alex Miner and Lindsay Miner; and five great-grandchildren, Adeline Rivero, Parker and Logan Holewinski and Camryn and Ayana Miner, plus many relatives and friends who will miss his crazy sense of fun, dry wit and humor, patient and caring attitude and lessons in bike riding, car driving, swimming, golf and saving money.

He was a lifelong resident of Waukesha, son of Herbert J. Miner and Margaret (Fishback) Miner Morris, and stepmother Leona (Fuder) Miner. After his 1939 graduation from Waukesha High School, he started at the Motor Works working as a stock chaser until in 1942 he entered the U.S. Army as a member of the 23rd Infantry Americal Division 246th Field Artillery and served until 1945, seeing action in the South Pacific, including Bougainville and Guadalcanal. In 1946, he and Gerry were married and embarked on their wonderful life together. After 39-plus years of “hard labor” at Waukesha Motor/Dresser Industries, he retired to his “estate” on Oakdale Drive. There he could be found selling raspberries from the garden and running rummage sales in summer, or going to their vacation condo up in Sherwood and spending hours on the 18-hole golf course (he particularly enjoyed the 19th hole). In cold weather, he liked duck hunting up at Sherwood or sitting at the kitchen table on Oakdale working on his crossword puzzles, or being in his recliner watching “Gunsmoke” and “Bonaza.” He was also an avid bowler for many years and loved the monthly family card parties. In 2006, he wrote his autobiography, “Memoirs of an Overnight Sensation,” which showcased his wit, humor and love of family and life, and has been read and enjoyed by many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, including the nurses and aides who were all treated to his charm and humor at Cecelia Place in Pewaukee, where he and Gerry lived during the last seven months of his life.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 4, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with prayer service at 6:00pm. On Thursday, February 5, there will be prayers at the funeral home at 9:30 AM followed by a procession to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 State Road 59, for the funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Crypt side services with full military honors will follow the Mass at St. Joseph’s Cemetery Mausoleum. The luncheon will be held at the Lofts at Cedar Ridge.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory, & Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call 262-547-4035. Visit www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.