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Columbia Missourian

Robert M. Miller, Aug. 28, 1920 — July 9, 2012, of Columbia

By Memorial Funeral Home
July 9, 2012 | 9:37 p.m. CDT

Robert Milton Miller, 91, of Columbia, died on July 9, 2012 following a brief illness. He was born August 28, 1920 in Beaty, AR to Hardie Milton and Eula Mae Miller. He grew up in Webb City, MO and on a farm near Southwest City, MO, graduating from Southwest City High School in 1939. He attended Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College, now Missouri State University, graduating in 1942 with a B.S. in Business. He did graduate work in Education at the University of Arkansas — Fayetteville.

Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946, and was Superintendent of White Rock Schools in Jane, MO. He represented J.B. Lippincott and Harper & Row Publishers for 37 years, selling textbooks to schools throughout Missouri. He was highly respected and liked by teachers, principals and fellow book men.

Bob married Gloria Miller in 1983, doubling the size of their families. Upon retirement, they traveled extensively and volunteered for many local organizations. They later enjoyed sitting side by side in their reclining chairs in their house, in their condo, then in their apartment at the Terrace. They appeared in many advertisements for the Terrace, thoroughly enjoying their time there.

Bob and Gloria were Cardinal and Mizzou fans, scheduling surgeries around the teams’ home games.

Bob is survived by his wife Gloria, his sons Alex (Ronda) Miller and Jack Brown; Martha Brown; step-daughter Terry (Joe) Weston; step-son Art Fillmore; eight grandchildren: Joel (Liz Havey) Miller, Sarah Miller, Lyla Brown, Nancy (Brian) Kraemer, Clay Weston, Brent Fillmore, Scott (Ashley) Fillmore, and Julie (Jonathon) Schrader; and three great-grandchildren: Julia, Davis and Harrison Fillmore. He looked forward to a new great-grandchild to be born soon to Joel. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dick Miller and his sister Mildred Hazelbaker.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels, or the Terrace Program Fund, in honor of Bob Miller.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Thursday, July 12, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church. A reception will begin at 11:00 AM, with a memorial service in the sanctuary at 11:30 AM.