We are sad to share that Gary Milner, the Lynnwood Food Bank’s ‘Bread Man’,
has recently passed away.
Gary was a volunteer of the Lynnwood Food Bank for over 15 years working
alongside his wife Vivian to serve our community. During the last few years,
Gary spent three days a week volunteering for the Food Bank, driving our
trucks, organizing our bread distribution, and repairing children’s toys to
distribute to our youngest visitors of the Food
Bank. In addition to dedicating numerous hours of his time and energy to the
Food Bank Gary was also active in other organizations such as 4-H, Operation
Christmas Child, the Tractor Club, Go-Karts, Train Club, AA, Square Dancing,
Mission work, and his church. All these activities while still running his own
business, Gary’s Lawn Service.
Not only do the staff and volunteers miss Gary’s sense of humor, work ethic,
and his gruff expressions of love for people but his face is missed by our
families as they have seen the ‘Bread Man’ at his station for over 15 years.
Personally I have truly enjoyed getting to know Gary over the last 1 ½ years
that I have been at the Food Bank. Gary inspired me with his desire to always
be better and do better. He also inspired so many with his dedication to
helping others whether it be a stranger on the street, a friend in need, a
child working on a go-kart, or serving a family at the Food Bank, Gary was
always offering a hand up to those around him. I am thankful and a better
person for having known Gary Milner, our ‘Bread Man’.
Everyone who knew him will truly miss Gary.