A model man of God selflessly working on behalf of others with a wise servant’s heart, retired Houghton College staff member Rev. Robert “Bob” Miller passed away on December 31, 2016. The life of the Rev. Robert Miller is one marked by service—to his Maker, his family, the community and his country. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, Bob graduated from Eastern Pilgrim College and served as a full-time pastor for 13 years before relocating his family to Houghton. During the 28 years he served as an electrician, he also served as a supply pastor at several area churches, including nearby Bellville Wesleyan Church in Caneadea.
Whether it was building walk-in freezers, retrofitting existing buildings for fire alarm systems or rewiring Fancher Hall during its 1978 renovation, Bob was a “Godly man with good attitudes” who also happened to be a “topnotch electrician.”
Dean Liddick ’60, retired public information director and Houghton community member, recalls Bob diligently “squeezing into the cramped crawl spaces under the central campus sidewalk” to do service line repair. “Whenever I plug in some device in our family room, I think of Bob Miller,” he remarks in admiration of the man who used his skills to serve the community.
Bob Miller is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Cheryl (Miller ’75) Hollingshead and community members David and Roger; eight grandchildren, including Michael Hollingshead ’09, Jessica Miller ’11, and Stephanie Miller-Brandt ’03; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.