NILES, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Robert Edwin “Bob” Miller, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 28, 2022 in Shepherd of the Valley from complications from a broken hip.
He was born in Warren, September 23, 1932, the son of John and Mary Drenosky Miller.
He lived in Niles all his life and graduated in 1950 from Niles High School.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from what was then Youngstown College (Youngstown State University) in 1954 and began his teaching career in West Farmington, Ohio. He then earned his master’s degree in music education from Kent State University in 1961.
He taught music education in North Bloomfield, Niles, Garrettsville and Liberty, ending his career at the Western Reserve School District, Mahoning County in 1985.
Bob was a member of the Packard Concert Band, playing in their first gig in September 1955. He played in the band for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Top Notes Dance Band and played in many musical orchestras.
In 1956 he married Geraldine “Gerrie” Jenkins of Wyandotte, Michigan and they shared 66 happy years of marriage.
Besides his wife, he is also survived by his children, Mark W. Miller of Bedford, Texas, Jennifer K. Miller of Haslet, Texas, Amy (Michael) Marsco, and three grandchildren, Julianna (Blaine) Begalla, Michael Anthony IV and Robert George Marsco, all of Cortland. He also lived to see his great-granddaughter, Harper K. Begalla, born.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, George and Betty (Reese) Miller.
He was a life member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Niles, where he sang and later led the choir. He served on the church board at various times in his life, taught Sunday school, and served on various committees.
He was a member of the Niles Historical Society.
He was an outdoor sports enthusiast. He spent his retirement years downhill and cross-country skiing. He loved kayaking and sailing. He spent several days on Mosquito Lake hoping for a windy day. He also loved the ocean and swimming. He was a driveway mechanic and believed that if you can read you can learn and teach yourself anything. He instilled this in his children and grandchildren, who still enjoy many of these activities today.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Heat Fund, the Animal Welfare League or the donor’s favorite charity.
Friends and family can send their condolences by visiting nicolasfuneralhome.com.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 614 Warren Avenue, Niles, OH 44446.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
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A television tribute will air on Monday, October 31 at the following approximate times: 6:47 a.m. on WYTV, 9:43 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX, and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.