Robert J. Miller of Goshen, Ind., died peacefully Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at his home surrounded by his wife, three children and their families.
Survivors include his spouse of 68 years, Ellene Long Miller; sons Steve (Becky Iden) of Elkhart, Ind., and Bruce (Sue Grubb) of Goshen, Ind.; and a daughter, Beth (Ken) Miller Kraybill of Seattle, Wash. He also leaves grandchildren Megan, Sarah, Jacob, Kyan and Jordy; and great-grandchildren Kalea, Makai and Aven; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Bob was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Charm, Holmes County, to Arletus "Lee B." and Priscilla (Oswald) Miller, and was the sixth of eight children, all of whom preceded him in death.
He received his education at Goshen College, Goshen, and Billings Hospital, Indianapolis. He married Ellene Long in 1944, and lived with his family in Mishawaka, Ind., where he was a research/development latex foam chemist at Uniroyal Corp. for nearly 40 years. He retired in 1986.
Bob and Ellene subsequently relocated to Elkhart for 12 years, and then to Greencroft Retirement Center, Goshen in 2001.
A gifted athlete, Bob participated in sports on school, college, and adult recreational teams. In later years, he was an avid spectator of sports.
As a noncombatant in W.W. II, Bob was in charge of an evacuation hospital's surgical unit in the South Pacific. His experiences during that time convinced him the brokenness and destruction of war must be prevented by the hard work of peacemaking.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, where Bob and Ellene are long-term members. The church is located at 800 E. Hively Ave., Elkhart, Ind. Private burial occurred in Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart.