PATRIOT — Robert "Bob" Eugene Miller, 71, of Patriot, departed from this life on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.
Bob was born March 9, 1943, in a home on Dry Ridge in Greenfield Township near Gallia to the late Thomas Cecil and Nellie Grey (Wood) Miller.
His father was quite the entrepreneur, supplying the neighborhood with goods from his rolling grocery stores, and operating the Gallia store. Robert worked hard, along with his brothers and sisters, on the farm until he joined his older brother Arnold in the U.S. Army.
Right out of boot camp, he was sent to the commander, who did not understand why he had orders for Robert from so high up the chain. He wondered who Robert knew. Robert was clueless as to what was happening. He was sent to Germany, where he soon found out. His brother Arnold was chauffer and personal assistant to Gen. Mildred. Arnold had acquired special favor for Robert, who replaced him when Arnold was discharged.
The army stories he and Arnold told were unique and so very entertaining. Robert was charged with assisting the general with his uniforms, personal needs, and protecting and chauffeuring him. Because of favor and position, Robert was privy to many secrets and some of the finer things in life. He had excellent taste. For as long as he lived, he shined his shoes, and ironed his and everyone else's clothes. He was a sharp dresser and had an appropriate outfit for all occasions. Dad loved his hats.
Robert had attended Gallia and Cadmus schools, and quit Southwestern High School in his junior year to join the U.S. Army at 17 years of age. After discharge, he drove a bread truck for Heiners, then acquired the Jackson Carry Out. After selling the Carry Out, he went to work for A.P. Green Refractories as the maintenance director until he retired. He was able to fix any equipment and took pride in keeping the plant running neat and clean.
Robert was a great patriot and loved his grandchildren. He especially loved fine food, and cooking for friends and family. He traveled all over with his friends to attend many bluegrass festivals after retiring. Robert knew so many people, and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was a member of AMVETS and the Moose.
Robert was the life of the party and he loved to make children laugh and be happy. No one walked away empty handed from a visit with him, as he freely gave each person something, whether a honey bun for one of his grandchildren or a tool for a friend. His generosity followed him in death as he was also an organ donor.
Robert is survived by his wife of 32 years, Teresa Kay (Franklin) Miller, of Patriot; children Barbara Ruth (Robbie) Farley, of Gallipolis, Matthew Vincent (Tammy) Miller, of Grove City, and Danny Lee (Carrie McNeal) Miller, of Patriot; grandchildren Alex, Noah, Haylee, Miya, Hannah, Sophia, Jude and Jolee; a host of in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends; and his little dog, Katy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Stephanie Lynn Miller; siblings Vernon, Darlene (Rutt), Thelma (Jaynes), Donald, Oscar, Arnold, Clayton and Ronald Miller.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Tim Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Gallia Baptist Cemetery with military graveside services provided by the DAV Post 45 of Jackson.
Friends may call the funeral home between 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillumfuneralhomes.com.
To sum up Robert Miller, one might say, "Enjoy!"