Rod Miller
1940 - 2013
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Rodney (Rod) Carter Miller, Sr.

January 16, 1940

November 8, 2013

Rodney Carter Miller Sr. died suddenly November 8, 2013 at age 73. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Robin Joy ("the best thing that ever happened to him") and their daughter Nicole Joy ("if I could have created a blueprint for a daughter, she'd be it"). Rod is also survived by his son Rodney, Jr., 3 grandchildren, a sister, and 2 brothers. In addition he is survived by Dwight Jividen "the best brother-in-law ever" & his "favorite nieces to pieces" Jamie Mitchell. Rod was pre-deceased by his daughter Christine Wenzl.

Rod played major league baseball straight out of high school - signing w/the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957. He had one at bat in the majors at age 17. He played in the minors for 3 years, including w/the Reno Silver Sox. He was about to join the "big" team in Los Angeles when he was drafted to the U.S. Marine Corps where he spent the next 4 years. Following his service in the Marines, Rod worked several years in the steel forging industry - at one point being awarded a special recognition plaque from NASA for a part he designed for the space shuttle Columbia. He held various jobs during the 21 years that he lived in Reno, Nevada. His all-time favorite job (other than the Dodgers) was being a greenskeeper at the now-closed Northgate golf course. Rod also coached little league for several years both in California and Nevada.

In 2009 Rod & Robin retired to Cascade, Idaho. He served as President at the Cascade Senior Center for a year, volunteered at Kelly's Whitewater Park, and helped anyone who need it. He was incredibly proud to have been a member of American Legion Post 60 in Cascade where he was currently serving as Chaplain. He treasured the friendships that he made there. He and Robin attended Cascade Community Church. He was a regular at Gramma's Restaurant and enjoyed his "coffee buddies" & the waitresses who took such good care of him. Rod was also a member of Ionic Lodge #82 in Cascade and a member of the Major League Baseball Players Athletic Alumni Association.

Special thanks for extending his life after being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in 2003 goes to Drs. Trimmer, Dardick, Fontelonga, and Hershewe, plus long-time family physician "Dr. Mike" Haley and all of their caring staff in Reno, Nevada. In addition, thanks goes to all of the physicians and nursing staff at Cascade Medical Center who took such good care of Rod during his recurring bouts with pneumonia.

A memorial service will be held @ 2:00pm, November 23, 2013 at the American Legion Post 60, in Cascade, Idaho.




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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Nov. 20, 2013.
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December 7, 2013
Rod & Robin were our next door neighbors since Sept 2005, when we brought the house next door. They were special friends for those 3 years and we enjoyed their company at our almost annual Mogul Good Neighbors Day BBQ. Our first meeting was a Welcome Gift from Robin, a "Bag of Wood Screws" with the suggestion that they might be needed for our/their fence, since we had two big dogs, as did they. I think Rod took pity on me and didn't invite me back to poker games. Rod wanted to earn his fun money the real way! You were special Rod and many you Rest in Peace. God Bless and may the Great Umpire of all time continue the game.
Russell & Marie Fromherz
November 26, 2013
Rod was one of the most thoughtful and inspirational people I have ever met. I worked with Rod and he was a great example of faith and inspiration when I went through a personal tragedy. I believe that God had brought him in my life to help me along when I struggled. He was a great friend to my son and he will always remember how much he enjoyed playing golf together. Our hearts and prayers go out to Robin and Nicole. I thank the Lord for bringing Rod into my life and look forward to seeing him again.
Clint Welch
November 23, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Rod's passing. I had the pleasure of visiting Rod several years ago in Cascade. He invited myself and my wife, Debbie to the rustic cabin. Rod signed a posterboard of Major League
ballplayers from California with over
400 signatures on it. Rod shared several stories - especially plating catch with the great Gil Hodges. But what impressed me most was his volunteer work with Reno Childrens Hospital. If there is a Hall of Fame in Heaven, then Rod's definaetly in! May God bless always
Bob Kossick
November 20, 2013
Robin and family: So sorry to hear about Rod passing. He was a great guy , with quite a sense of humor. At every poker game we have, Rod always comes up and we share stories. It sounds like you both made the best of life in Idaho. You will all be in our prayers. Sincerely Jim and Michelle
Jim and Michelle Sharkey
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