|George R. "Bob" Miller, 87, formerly of Galesburg, Ill. passed away peacefully at 5:56 p.m. Monday June 7, 2010 at Bickford Cottage in Davenport, Iowa.
He was born December 6, 1922 in Westfield, Ill. the son of Harry Otto and Harriett Ann Gill Miller. He married Marilee Maxwell in St. Louis, Mo. on February 4, 1942. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2008.
He is survived by seven children, Peggy (and Michael) Dalrymple of Galesburg, Sherry (and Julius) Roastingear of Durango, Colo., Connie (and Doug) Schroeder of Bloomington, Ill., Kurt Miller of Rio, Ill., Cindy (and Bill) Harper of Ballwin, Mo., Mark (and Darla) Miller of Marietta, Ga.; and Julie Adams of Davenport, Iowa, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers.
Bob served in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines. He was called back into service during the Korean War, ultimately leaving the military with the rank of Major.
Bob's commitment after leaving the military was the education of our youth. He held many teaching positions in his educational life. Most notable was the six years spent in Germany and France as the Principal of Schools. Then from 1968 to 1984 working for District 205 as principal of Galesburg Senior High School and retiring as the Superintendent of Schools for District 205. In retirement, he continued his commitment of community service working into his 80's co-founding and working with the Knox County Area Project (KCAP).
He graduated from Westfield High School in 1940, earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1946 and received his master's degree from the University of Illinois.
Bob was a member of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 and the Noon Lions Club, both in Galesburg. He also was a member of the Illinois State Retired Teacher's Association. He was of Methodist faith.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2010 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Additional visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2010 in Templeton Funeral Home, Kansas, Ill. followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Rev. Bret Hammond will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Kansas, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 539.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff of Bickford Cottage and Genesis Hospice for their loving care.