Robert E. Miller Jr.
Robert E. Miller Jr. died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in his home.
Bob was born Jan. 29, 1926, to Earl and Catherine Miller in Corydon, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Joan; his parents; and brother, Thomas.
He is survived by his four children, Helen McCune, Robert Miller (Laura), Margaret Dykstra (John) and Anne Simmermaker (Jeff); eight grandchildren, Brian McCune (Leah), Maggie McCune Berger (Alex), Katie Dykstra Cecconi (Nick), Jack Dykstra, Joanie Simmermaker Wells (Brandon), Tom Simmermaker and Ellen and Lucy Miller; five great-grandchildren, Riley, Reis, Collin, Hayley and Isla; and other extended family and friends.
He was raised in Corydon. Immediately after high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served proudly in World War II. He returned to Indiana University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. There he met his sweetheart, Joanie.
He graduated from IU and went to work in sales for a predecessor of Mead Paper Corp., where he spent 33 years and retired as president of Mead Merchants. His career led him to Indianapolis, Ind., Cincinnati, Ohio, Birmingham, Mich., Hinsdale, Ill., and Kettering, Ohio. He and Joanie then moved on to Apopka, Fla., and finally Little Rock, Ark.
His strong Christian faith was a huge part of his upbringing and continued through life. He was devoted to his wife and children throughout his life. His tireless work ethic and mission to do the right thing was the basis of his success. As a result, a journey of transfers and moves created a family that grew up with love and faith. All four of his children were able to be with him in his last two months.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United States Veterans to help end veteran homelessness, https://usvets.org/donate/, or charity of your choice.
Funeral will be held in Indiana at a later date. Online guestbook at www.smithfamilycares.com.