Robert L (Bob) Miller, 71, passed peacefully at home on April 18, 2017, in Hermiston, Oregon.
Born in Yakima, Wash., Bob was adopted by Clarence and Audrey Miller of Spokane. Bob grew up in Spokane, graduating from high school before enlisting in the Army where he was stationed in Germany and joined the boxing team. Returning from his service, Bob worked as a draftsman while completing night classes to earn his professional land surveyor’s title.
Striking out on his own, Bob’s surveying business connected him with the Port of Morrow, where he was hired on as operations manager and eventually promoted to director. Bob went on to become the executive director at the Port of Astoria, before moving to Arizona to assist with a family business. He was recently honored for his accomplishments in the port industry.
In 2008, Bob returned to Eastern Oregon to be closer to family. Some years later, with a change to the adoption record laws, Bob was able to find his birth family — which included four sisters and over 20 nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, his discovery came after the passing of his birth parents, Bill and Marion McCardell of Goldendale, Wash.
Bob is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Tami, Laura, Holly and Jody, stepsons Troy and Darin, grandchildren Ali, Adam, Audra, Amanda, Cody, Jacob, Noah, Austin, Robin and Jesse, and great-granddaughters Rhi and Evie.
Bob is also survived by his brother, Richard, and sisters Cindy, Donnie and Debbie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Audrey Miller, and sisters Twyla and Patsy.
A lifelong motorcycling enthusiast, Bob’s life and love of the road, along with his military service, will be celebrated on Saturday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, 775 W. Highland Ave., Hermiston, Ore. A brief graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery, Boardman, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cove Christian Camp of Cove, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.