Mass of Christian Burial for Robert “Bob” Miller, age 89, of Stockton will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Stockton with Father Galen Long and Father James Grennan as Celebrants. Mr. Miller passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Hays Good Samaritan Center in Hays.
He was born June 19, 1921 the son of Peter and Barbara (Windholz) Miller near Catherine, Kansas. On October 19, 1942, he married Lorene Kuhn in Victoria, Kansas. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his daughter Lois Ann and husband Dan Gasper of Stockton; sister Otillia Kuhn of Victoria, Kansas; three grandchildren Joseph Gasper and his wife Megan of Holcomb, Kansas, Laura Gasper Moffet and her husband Don of Stockton, Kansas, Anna Gasper of St. Paul, Minnesota; great grandchildren Madison Moffet, Maximus Moffet, Jackson Gasper, and Meredith Gasper. He was preceded in death by his infant son Robert Miller, Jr; brothers Hillary Miller, Celestine Miller, Norbert Miller, Patrick Miller, and his sister Mary Wagner.
Bob worked for Kaw Pipeline as a mechanic and later as a supervisor from the early 1950’s until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Stockton where he served on the parish council, served on the Rooks County Fair Board for several years, and was a member of the Sunflower Polka Club. Bob’s passion was horses. He bought and sold horses along with training horses for most of his life. He was very active in the Rooks County Free Fair. Bob started out as the assistance official of the harness races in 1954. Riding his saddle horse, he led the trotters onto the track for 35 years, from 1954 until the last race in 1989 and in 1968; he became the Harness Race Superintendant. In 1987, he became the volunteer chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee getting the grounds ready for para-mutual races. Because of Bob’s dedication to the Rooks County Fair, the infield and the track were named “Miller Field” in his honor after 46 years of service. In 2001 Bob was inducted into the Kansas Fairs Association Hall of Fame.
Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-8 Monday at the Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home. A Parish Vigil service will be 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Church or masses and may be sent in care of the Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. First, Stockton, Kansas 67669. Condolences may be sent to the family on our send your condolences link.
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