Sir Knight Robert A. “Bob” Miller, a longtime insurance agent in Santa Rosa and Sonoma, passed away Monday, February 7th, 1994 of heart problems at a Sonoma hospital. He was 80.
Born in Kemmerer, Wyoming, Miller graduated from Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa Junior College and attended the University of California, Berkeley, before studying for the insurance business at Armstrong Business College in Berkeley.
He first worked for the Equitable Life Insurance Co. in Santa Rosa before operating his own Robert A. Miller Insurance agency for Hartford Insurance. The Millers moved to Sonoma in 1974. Miller worked for Hartford for more than 50 years before selling his business in 1984.
Miller’s wife, Thelma Miller of Sonoma, said her husband’s father, Willis Miller, was the first Equitable Life Insurance agent in Santa Rosa serving the North Coast.
His wife said Miller was fond of model trains. The couple’s former Santa Rosa home had a track system set up in the basement.
Miller has served as Master Councilor of the Santa Rosa and Redwood Empire Division bodies of the Order of DeMolay, as Master of Santa Rosa Lodge #57, held the top office in each of the York Rite bodies, served as a Past President of Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50, member of Temple Lodge 14, Free and Accepted Masons in Sonoma; past commander of the Santa Rosa Commandry 14; member and past high priest of Santa Rosa Chapter 45, Royal Arch Masons; member of Past Illustrious Master Redwood Council 46; and past prior of San Francisco Priory 38, Knight York Cross Honor.
He was a founder land past president of the Sonoma Vallev Insurance Aeents association and a past president of the Sonoma County Insurance Agents association.
He was a charter member of the Junior Warden of the Northern California Masonic Research Lodge in San Francisco.
On April 25-26, 1963 at the 105th Annual Conclave, Memorial Auditorium, Fresno, Miller was installed as Grand Commander of Knights Templar in California (the highest elected state office in Knight Templary). Miller was second only in Santa Rosa history of Knight Templary to receive, the first was George Ashby Johnson, who served in 1892.
Besides his wife, Miller is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Weber of Petaluma; sons, Robert Miller of Sacramento, and Hugh Miller in Ohio; brother, Willis Miller of Sebastopol; and by eight grandchildren.
Masonic memorial services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa. Private inurnment will be at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.
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