Robert Neal Miller, Sr., age 85, passed away on December 25, 2021, in Tennessee, after a brief illness. Bob was born on May 13, 1936 in Minneapolis, MN and grew up there until he joined the Army. Bob retired from the Army after proudly serving his country for 21 years in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (Debi) Miller of 46 years and recently retired to the Tennessee area after living in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. Their life together was enhanced by their love of raising kids. Together they have helped raise over 100 children: biological, adopted, and foster over the years, many of whom are still in contact and still consider Bob & Debi their dad and mom. Bob is also survived by sons Erik Miller (Sarah) of Calhan, CO; Robert N Miller, Jr. (Cyndia), Michael Miller (Robine), Mark Miller (Melissa), Phillip Miller (Chenelle), and Jon Miller; daughters Kim Watts (Alvin), Wendy Miller, Gerri Miller, April Wing (Eric), Angelic Miller, Veronica Lacy, Colette Miller, Chanel Miller, Christy Miller and Janese Flim; sisters Onamia Bryant and Kathy Miller; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one daughter.
Bob earned a Doctor of Theology and was lovingly called “Dr. Bob” in honor of his accomplishment. He was also referred to by many as Dad, Pops, PaPa, Grandpa, Gpa, among many other loving names. Bob touched numerous lives during his years, and many were able to enjoy his life’s adventure stories. Bob could strike up a conversation with anyone and walk away with a new “best” friend. Bob was charismatic, humorous, fun-loving and a very caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend.
Bob’s interests included carpentry, wood-working and he was able to fix just about anything. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Bob was actively involved in keeping up with current events and thoroughly enjoyed researching genealogy and learning about his family and friends’ ancestry. He was extremely proud of his American Indian heritage, coming from the Cherokee Nation. He was proud to be the Principle Chief Indian for the Cherokee Freedmen Nation of the Five Civilized Tribes for many years.
There will be a Celebration of Life service in Colorado on July 16, 2022. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to your charity of choice or plant a tree to remember the roots Bob planted in others lives. As Bob Miller would say, Sharing Is Caring, Always & Forever.
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