Robert G. (Bob) Miller died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born on August 7, 1922 to Charles and Julie (Morris) Miller in Wray, Colorado. He was raised in St. Albans, West Virginia.
He served in the US Army for 31 years, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He joined the National Guard in 1940 and was stationed in Panama when WW II started. He went through OCS, and finished the was a a Lieutenant, became part of the regular Army, and rose to the rank of colonel in 1961.
During the war he served in the Mediterranean Theater (North Africa and Italy), and participated in the occupation of Trieste. He also served in Korea in 1953 and an advisor in Vietnam from 1959 – 1960.
During his service, he earned a BS in History from Kansas State in 1958 and a MA in History in 1964. He participated in many service training opportunities, was airborne and ranger qualified, and attended the Army command and General Staff College. In 1964, he served as Chief historian of CINCPAC.
In 1967, he took the position of Professor of Military Science at Knox, which he held until he retired in 1971. Amongst the many commendations and theater service medals he received, he also received the Meritorious Service Medal.
He later sold and taught Dale Carnegie courses and was in real estate sales.
He married Patricia Collins, and then married Carolyn Wilson, July 1, 1973.
Surviving is his wife, Carolyn, three sons, Lee (Mary Lou) Miller, Hagerstown, Maryland, Gary (Debbie) Miller, Antonito, Texas, Greg (Lynn) Miller, Fredericksburg, Virginia and one daughter, Jayne (Randy) Wiss, of Rapid City, South Dakota; twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers, and one grandchild.
Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the Harry Philblad American Legion Post #749, Knoxville, Illinois or of the Donor’s Choice. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes, Knoxville, Illinois in charge of arrangements. Online condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com