Robert Lee Miller, Jr.

August 26, 1926 - April 01, 2011 

Robert Lee Miller, Jr.

August 26, 1926 - April 01, 2011 

Obituary for Robert Lee Miller, Jr.

Robert Lee Miller, Jr.

Born August 28, 1926, Manhattan, New York
Father: Robert Lee Miller, Army officer, West Point Class of 1924
Mother: Madelaine Chrysler Bond Miller

Grew up as an Army brat in the Philippines, Costa Rica, Panama, and graduated from high school at the New Mexico Military Institute during WW2, when his family was living in Santa Fe. Accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1946, graduating in June 1950, and was commissioned in the Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He married Cornelia van den Toorn of Upper Montclair, NJ, in June, 1951 and was posted to Germany, where they had two daughters, Lynne Frances in 1953 and Cornelia Petronella Johanna in 1955. Back in the States he became a Signal Corps officer and earned his Master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Arizona in Tuscon in 1960, then serving in Korea for 13 months. He was posted to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, at the Army Electronic Proving Ground where his third daughter, Morgan Lee, was born in 1962.
He worked at the Pentagon, then volunteered for duty in Viet Nam where as a Lieutenant Colonel he commanded the 53rd Signal Battalion in Bien Hoa, serving during the Tet Offensive and receiving the Legion of Merit. He was then promoted to Colonel and posted to the NATO Standardization Group in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was promoted to Colonel and posted to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, serving with the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command. He retired in 1975 and became a public accountant and investment manager. He and his wife retired to Holland, Michigan, in 1980. Cornelia died in 1988 of breast cancer at age 58. He served at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, on the board of the Edgewood Beach Association. He loved good food, good wine, good music, and being surrounded by family and friends. After being hospitalized with pneumonia on March 25, he suffered complications to his heart and kidney and was brought home to his cottage with the help of Hospice of Holland. He died in his sleep the morning of April 1, 2011, after two wonderful days with his daughters, grandchildren, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1100 hours Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave, Holland. The Rev. Jennifer Adams will be officiating. There will be a time of food and fellowship at the church following the memorial service. His remains will be interred in the memorial garden at Grace Episcopal Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland.


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