Memorial services for Robert Hanna Miller, 89, of Palestine will be held at First United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, with the Rev. Bruce Hay officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
A visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral service.
Mr. Miller passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Cartmell Home for the Aged.
He was born Aug. 27, 1923, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mr. Miller attended Westminster College in Missouri where he earned his “letter sweater” being on the boxing team in the “Golden Gloves”. He always said that boxing was one of his most interesting experiences, as he competed in both college and for the United States Navy. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Fraternity.
As a naval officer during World War II, he took part in the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a small boat commander at the invasion of Iwo Jima.
After the war he became an attorney, graduating from Washington University Law School in St. Louis, Missouri, a Certified Public Accountant and later an official with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He retired in May of 1986 from Union Pacific Railroad.
Reading and sailing were Bob’s favorite hobbies. He always was telling his children that one of the most important things in life was to “keep up with your friends.”
Bob took an active role in the civic affairs in Palestine serving as president of the Palestine Civic Music Association, the United Way, the YMCA, the Rotary Club, the Toastmaster Club, and the Library Memorial Board. He served as General of the Boy Scout sustaining membership drive and was a director of Meals on Wheels. He also received the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow award twice.
Those of us who knew him well marveled at how he was willing to help out on a project in spite of his many obligations.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and served as Chairman of the Administrative Council and President of the Methodist Men’s Organization. He was Sunday School Superintendent of the Youth Department and later taught the Men’s Bible Class for 14 years.
He is survived by wife, Rosemary Miller of Palestine; sons, Mark Miller of San Antonio and Gregg Miller of Plano; daughter, Gail Hiles of Bowling Green, Ky.; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Mitchell, Scott, Ryan and Rachel.
We are very thankful for the care he received at Cartmell Home for the Aged.
Memorials may be made to the building fund of First United Methodist Church, 422 South Magnolia, Palestine, Texas 75801 or a charity of your choice.
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