Oct. 13, 1943 - July 31, 2020
Larry Eugene Miller was born in Duncan, OK to Otto Miller and Mildred McPherson Miller. He grew up in Velma, OK, and he graduated from Velma-Alma high school in 1961.
After graduation, he spent 2 years in Germany as a member of the U.S. Army before moving to OKC and beginning a career as a barber stylist. He worked at Johnnie & Dotties in the Founders Tower. At that time, he met Linda Ormiston Stewart, and they married on March 1, 1969. Linda had a son Michael, who was three when they married. She and Larry had a son, Chad, in 1971. Larry moved to Penn Square Barber Shop. At that time, Penn Square wasn’t an enclosed mall. He put in his own shop in 50 Penn Place Building in the late 70s (in its heyday). The shop was very successful, and Larry had many customers that became lifelong friends. He was desperately a people person so that career suited him well. He loved to converse with anyone and everyone, basically whoever would listen. The saying “never met a stranger” truly described him.
After his barbering career, he was a mud engineer for a short time before the oil crash in the 80s. In the 90s, he opened up a funnel cake stand at the state fair, which many people would agree was the most fun place to be in the whole fair, kind of legendary to some. Many family members and friends worked there at one time or another. He later added a pork chop sandwich stand, which was very popular. He also added a couple of beer stands later. He loved every moment of those fair days.
After the fair gig, he opened up “My Place” in Bricktown, a bar and restaurant. It was almost a year too early. The ballpark was under construction as well as the canal. He wanted to secure a good location, but at that time, there weren’t enough people there to sustain it.
You may have noticed he was always doing food things. He loved to cook and bring food to his friends. He was a good cook (by the way)! He also had a funnel cake stand at the OKC Arts Festival, which always had a long line of people for most of the festival. His brother in law, Bill Altwegg, came to the rescue to help. On another one of his food adventures, he and his friend, Mark Newcomber, were kind of legendary at the Political Hacks Chile Cook-Off for a few years. Larry placed and received a trophy one year.
He was a caretaker at heart so when anyone wanted to hire him to cook, clean, run errands, etc, he loved it. If he didn’t need the money, he probably would’ve done it for free. His last job was driving his long time buddy, Skip Henson, to work, which was a little precarious in Larry’s Oldsmobile. He got Skip to work, except for one small incident when the car caught on fire one morning. I think he may have been late that day.
Larry passed away from a sudden and unexpected heart attack at his home, which he shared with longtime roomy, Mike Muldowney, and “house mother”, Nancy Findeiss. He is survived by son Chad Miller, stepson Michael Stewart, grandson Otto Miller, and granddaughter Alex Stewart, sister Linda Quetone, nephew Billy Altwegg, Phoenix Az, Ira Altwegg, Tulsa, OK. Although he and his former wife, Linda, didn’t stay married, they remained close friends until his passing.
The family is very sad that due to Covid-19 they can’t have a fitting memorial for Larry. We wish we could be with his friends and family to hear the hundreds of Larry stories we all have. He left behind many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, DeLoss Miller.
Have a toast for Larry, and as always, he would say:
“My name is Larry Miller, and it’s been my pleasure.”
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