Mass of Christian Burial for Robert Francis "Bob" Miller, age 87, of Canoga Park, CA, will be 10:30 a.m., August 17, 2023 at St. Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and interment will follow Mass at the church cemetery. For those who are unable to attend in person, the service will be livestreamed on the funeral home's website (homeforfuneralsinc.com) Home for Funerals - Randolph is in charge of the arrangements.
He passed away July 15, 2023 at Brookdale Nohl Ranch Assisted Living in Anaheim Hills, CA.
Bob was born August 20, 1935 in Randolph to Robert and Marie (Weber) Miller. After graduating from St. Frances High School in Randolph in 1953, Bob attended The Nebraska State Teachers College at Wayne (now Wayne State College) graduating in 1957.
After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, CA and started teaching elementary school. He taught for six years at Nestle Avenue Elementary in Tarzana and one year at Hart Street Elementary in Canoga Park. Bob then transitioned to teaching high school math and working in the counseling office at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. In 1989, he was a finalist of the Jaime Escalante Mathematics Teacher Award for excellence in teaching. Following his retirement from Belmont in 1998, Bob stayed active in the education system substitute teaching at local middle schools for the next fifteen years.
Despite moving to Los Angeles, he maintained his connection to Randolph through regular visits, reading the Randolph Times, and business ventures, which include the Miller Apartments, a farm outside of town, and the former Randolph Feed and Grain elevator (with Allen Burbach). Bob’s hobbies included reading the Los Angeles Times every day and watching the stock market.
Bob’s passion was education and he spent many hours volunteering his time to counseling his students with their personal and educational needs. He helped hundreds of students to go to college when they may not have considered that path before Bob’s encouragement.
To support even more students in their pursuit of a college degree, Bob established the Bob and Marie Miller Scholarship (in honor of his parents) at Wayne State College to provide financial assistance to new freshmen from Nebraska. The scholarship was founded in 2001 and is awarded to two students per year, resulting in over 40 students receiving a scholarship for over $94,000 distributed.
Bob is survived by his son Robert (Ann) of Anaheim Hills, CA; daughters, Mary (Lee) of Placitas, NM; Patricia (Andrew) of Parkville, MO; sister Barbara (Jerry) of Omaha; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five nieces/nephews, and many friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marie, and numerous aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Bob and Marie Miller Memorial Scholarship at Wayne State College. Donations can be made by mailing a check payable to: Wayne State Foundation, 1111 Main St, Wayne, NE, 68787, or donate online at https://www.wsc.edu/donate. Click the Make a Donation tab and select the Bob and Marie Miller Memorial Scholarship in the dropdown menu.