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Jerry Wayne Millstead, 76, of the Medford Community passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit.

Jerry was born December 6, 1944 in Waynesville, Missouri, the son of Bruce L. and Dorothy J. (Winfrey) Millstead.

He was raised in Warrensburg, having attended Warrensburg High School. Shortly after, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Jerry was united in marriage to Phyllis Ann Warner on October 2, 1965 in Medford.

He was a cook at Sky Haven Restaurant and Whiteman AFB prior to going to work at Holden Manufacturing.

The couple bought the Golden Lantern Restaurant in Holden, which they operated for a short time.

This is how they began their restaurant career. Next, they opened Millstead 131 Drive In at Medford.

From 1980 to 1993, they owned and operated Millstead Family Dining in Holden.

During all these years, Jerry also owned and operated Millstead Cooling & Heating.

He also did some auctioneering, having attained the title of Colonel.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, watching old western movies, and traveling.

He was a member of Medford United Methodist Church, starting in 1976 and he was very actively involved.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Phyllis; two daughters, Jeri Ann Parker (David Allen) of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Amy Ann Kent (Bobby) of Medford, MO; son, Philip Wayne Millstead (Rebecca) of Holden, MO; four grandchildren, Christopher Adam Dechman, Chazli Ann Kidwell, Curtis Edward Millstead and Emily Deeann Millstead; three great-grandchildren, Lucas Allen Jackson, Adalie Ann Schewe, Evelyn Louise Dechman and another on the way; brother, Rev. James Millstead (Marlene) of Warrensburg, MO; and two sisters-in-law, Marylan Millstead and Loretta Millstead, both of Warrensburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jacob Millstead and Bruce Millstead; and nephew, Ronnie Millstead.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

Interment will follow at the Holden Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Medford Rock Island Church.

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