Robert Miller

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Robert Miller

Robert G Miller, 84, died at his home in Sheridan, WY, of a heart attack on Oct. 19, 2019. He was born on May 3, 1935, in Ashtabula, OH to Laurence and Mary Miller. Bob was proceeded in death by his parents, his grandson Lucas Miller and his beloved cat Alvin. He is survived by his 4 children Elaine Morris (Scott), Jim Miller (Wendy), Carolyn Miller and Dave Miller, his 4 grandchildren Jake, Joey, Natalie and Amanda, and a number of close friends in both Wyoming and Indiana. Bob was an only child and grew up in Peru, IN. His mother was a piano teacher and his father taught English and history in Mexico, IN. Bob graduated from Ball State University and then had an accomplished and celebrated 38-year career as the Valparaiso High School band director. His bands were Indiana state concert band champions 10 years, and he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest honor given by the governor. After retiring, he moved to Sheridan where he enjoyed restoring antique cars, playing trumpet in the community band, visiting the shooting range with friends, meeting friends for breakfast at McDonalds or going to dinner at friends’ houses, watching the Cubs with Alvin on his lap and a bowl of ice cream in his hand, sharing all of his detailed knowledge about presidents, war, and the Kyoto high school marching band, and traveling to Indiana to help the band, judge contests and visit friends and family. He kept his connections with people in Indiana while growing his roots deep in Wyoming. Those who knew Bob knew that he was a funny man. He was witty with his own brand of humor and appreciated the humor in others. He was wise, practical, competitive, modest and frugal to the max….unless it came to being generous with others, in which case he gave freely. He had high standards for himself, but he was tolerant and open-minded when it came to others. One of his good friends just told us, “There wasn’t one person that met him that didn’t like him.” He endured health challenges over the decades, but his determination and persistence allowed him to lead a long, full life and he was independent until the end. He will be missed by many in Wyoming and Indiana. There will be a gathering of friends at Jim and Joannie Thelen’s house, 12 Hawk Lane in Sheridan, on Friday, October 25 from 5:00 - 7:00.