Robert Miller, 96

Robert M. Miller, 96, North Manchester, passed away on Nov. 5 at 11:55 a.m. at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. He was born on Aug. 7, 1917 to Dr. Robert and Maude (Reiff) Miller in Long Beach, Calif.

In 1922, the move to a very familiar North Manchester was made. His father, Dr. R.H. Miller, was pastor of the then Walnut Street Church of the Brethren and later in 1928; Dr. Miler joined the faculty at Manchester College. Robert M. Miler attended North Manchester Schools, graduating from Manchester College in 1939. For two years, he worked for the C.G. Conn Co., Elkhart. He served in the United States Army from April 1941 to November 1945. He graduated from Wayne University, Detroit, Mich., with a Master’s degree in chemistry. He married Catherine H. Hersch on Feb. 20, 1943. She died Nov. 26, 2006. He taught science at Avilla for two years, and from 1950-1963, he was a research chemist relating to photosynthesis and solar energy conversion at the C.F. Kettering Foundation Laboratory, Yellow Springs, Ohio. From 1963-1983, he turned to teaching, first, three years in Dayton, Ohio and then at Citrus Community College, Glendora, Calif.

He is survived by three sons, Mike Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo., David Miller, Cucamonga, Calif., and Rick Miler, Stockbridge, Ma.; one daughter, Sue Hurd, North Manchester, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, John Miller and a sister, Mary Coe.

There will be a private burial at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Posted on 2013 Nov 07