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Robert "Bob" Miller enjoyed volunteering in Columbia

By Fareeha Amir
July 9, 2012 | 8:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Robert Milton Miller was such an avid Cardinals and MU fan that he and his wife would be sure to schedule their surgeries around the teams' home games so that they wouldn’t miss any.

Robert "Bob" Miller of Columbia died Monday, July 9, 2012. He was 91.

Mr. Miller was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Beaty, Ark. to Hardie Milton and Eula Mae Miller. He married Gloria Miller in 1983.

Mr. Miller grew up in Webb City on a farm close to Southwest City. After graduating from Southwest City High School in 1939, Mr. Miller attended Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College, now Missouri State University. He graduated in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He also did graduate work in education at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

After graduation, Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. Later, he was the superintendent of White Rock Schools in Jane, Mo. Mr. Miller spent 37 years representing J.B. Lippincott & Co. and Harper & Row Publishers. He sold textbooks to Missouri schools and was looked up to by many of the teachers, principals and his colleagues.

After retiring, Mr. Miller traveled extensively with his wife and did volunteer work work for local organizations. In addition to their love of MU and St. Louis Cardinals games, the couple enjoyed spending time sitting next to each other on reclining chairs.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Gloria; two sons, Alex Miller and wife, Ronda, and Jack Brown; a daughter, Martha Brown; a stepdaughter, Terry Weston and husband, Joe; a stepson, Art Fillmore; eight grandchildren, Joel Miller and wife, Liz Havey, Sarah Miller, Lyla Brown, Nancy Kraemer and husband, Brian, Clay Weston, Brent Fillmore, Scott Fillmore and wife, Ashley, and Julie Schrader and husband, Jonathon; and three great-grandchildren, Julia, Davis and Harrison Fillmore.

His brother, Dick Miller, and his sister, Mildred Hazelbaker, died earlier.

Services will be held Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St. A reception will begin at 11 a.m., and a memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church 16 Hitt St.; Meals on Wheels, 800 Hospital Drive; or the Terrace Program Fund, 1408 Business Loop 70 W.