MILLER, Robert Earle
November 29, 1932 - April 24, 2020
Robert Earle "Bob" Miller, 87, of Roanoke, Va., passed away
on Friday, April 24, 2020, following a battle with dementia.
He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, and patriot.
Mr. Miller was born on November 29, 1932, in Easton, Pa., and
grew up in Northwest, Washington, D.C. He was a 1950
graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and attended the
University of Maryland before enlisting in the United States Army during the Korean War,
serving as a Combat Aid Medic. Mr. Miller was awarded the Army's Good Conduct Medal and
The National Defense Service Medal for his work at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver,
Colo., was transferred to reserve status in 1955 and ultimately separated from service in June
Following his service Mr. Miller returned to the University of Maryland where in 1957 he earned
a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Personnel Management. Later that year he
married Diana Augusta Kersh and the couple soon moved to the growing suburbs of Northern
Virginia, settling in Kings Park then West Springfield to raise their family.
Following college Mr. Miller entered the management training program at C&P Telephone
where he served as District Manager for a number of offices and as Director of several
divisions of Bell Atlantic. Over the next three decades Mr. Miller served as a cost allocation
expert witness, including during the rebranding of the Baby Bells where he managed the
settlement of revenues between the Baby Bells and their divestiture from AT&T. Mr. Miller
retired from Bell Atlantic in 1989 after 35 years of service and Bell Atlantic later became
Mr. Miller was an accomplished runner. As a member of the C&P Telephone Runners and the
D.C. Road Runners Club he competed in countless road races over the years, regularly
winning his age division. A few years after retirement, the Millers relocated to Roanoke, Va. A
first rate and avid golfer from his youth, Bob actively pursued his passion for the game and
over the next 25 years as a member of Great Oaks Country Club and their seniors group,
traveled around the state playing and competing in local club tournaments. In recent years Mr.
Miller's health began to decline.
He had been a resident of South Roanoke Nursing home for the past 18 months.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Diana "Dee" Miller; sons, David Miller and wife, Ann
Blair, of Roanoke, Va., and Doug Miller of Fairfax, Va.; daughter, Dina and husband, Rich
Asbell, of Bristow, Va.; seven grandchildren, Nic, Rob, Annie, Chris, Sam, Jenna and Camryn;
one great-grandson, Mikey; and sisters, Janet Rhoades of Gaithersburg, Md., and Sally
Corrigan of Berlin, Md.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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