Bobbie Armstead Miller passed away at home in Ruidoso Downs, NM on Saturday, July 7,2018.
Born May 17,1926 to Armstead Alexander "POP" Miller and Lillie Ethel Kelly Miller in Clovis, NM. He was the third child of 3 boys and 2 girls.
He went to work early washing mixing bowls at a bakery while also delivering newspaper with his German Sheppard "Zero" alongside of him. While a teenager he worked at a Texaco service station in Hatch, NM. At the start of WWII he entered the US Merchant Marines and became an able body seaman and earned Veteran status. After the war on September 12,1945 he married Hazel Verne Trice and worked in heavy construction operating a dragline.
In early 1950 he owned and operated the Texaco and Firestone Station in Hatch, NM.
An opportunity to enter the NMSP allowed him to be a NM State Police Officer rising to District Commander, rank of Capitan, when in Las Cruces, NM when he retired. During his time in the NMSP he was head of the NMSP Pistol Team for over 25 years. He also helped organized the Hollman Airforce Base Pistol Team. His next endeavor was to sell real estate in Alamogordo, NM and then Ruidoso, NM under Bill Pippin Real Estate. Another opportunity presented itself as an Undersheriff for James McSwane. James McSwane was Sheriff of Lincoln County for 2 terms totaling 8 years. Bob Miller served over 40 years in Law Enforcement.
Numerous people of Ruidoso Downs, NM asked him to run for Mayor of Ruidoso Downs, NM and he was elected to 2 terms for a total of 8 years. He was very proud of his accomplishments there including a deep well and large water storage tank.
If he could be here now he would state "Sing no sad songs for me"
Survivors: Wife of 72 years Hazel Verne Trice; surviving brother James T. Miller, eldest son Steven L. Miller and wife Dianne C. Miller, deceased son Edwin J. Miller and widow Judy Miller, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
My sympathy to Bob Miller's family. My ex-husband began his career in Alamogordo with Sgt. Miller. I considered him a friend.
Debbie (Floyd) BogosianEdgewood, NM
Prayers for the family. Rest in peace
Debra L. IngleRuidoso Downs, NM
My sincere condolences to Bobs family and friends . Bob was a good guy a fine lawman a ghod friend ..ill never forget him .. Lawrence Tafoya
Lorry catherine Tafoya zamoraSanta fe, NM
Bobbie was my first Sergeant in Alamogordo. Sometimes he was hard on me, but most of the time he was my hero. Will miss all the stories that made me laugh so hard. When the Cowboy's won, he always bought everyone's lunch, but after a loss, we didn't go to the office until about Wednesday. God bless you Hazel, we're all praying for you. Will miss him dearly.
Rob CoonRoswell, NM
I am sad to learn of Bob Miller's passing. Bob was one of the first NMSP officers I came to know, when I began my career in law enforcement. I shall treasure Bob's friendship and guidance as my career progressed. Bob was also a great friend of my dad, Wendell Chino, and I'm sure they are having fun reminiscing about old times. Selena & I send our thoughts and prayers to Bob's wife, family, and friends at this difficult time. Rest easy, my friend.
Mark R ChinoMescalero, NM
Thoughts, love and prayers to Bobbies' family at this time.
Bobbie and my Father were great friends when Bobbie was in the NMSP. They always had a coffee date when Bobbie was in the area and my Father was in town.
Katherine Leann Ladd
Katherine Leann LaddRuidoso, NM
So long Bobby Ken
Ken RiedemannT or C, NM
A great guy. He will be missed. I have good memories of him.
Bob NelsonDatil, NM
I am so sorry for your loss Bobby was a gentle soul. My prayers for you all for comfort.
Cheryl DardenMaricopa, AZ
My deepest sympathy to Hazel and the Miller family, Bobby was my SGT. for many years in Ruidoso, he taught how and what it meant to be a New Mexico State Police Officer. I will truly miss stopping by to visit with him.
Steven StandridgeLas Cruces, NM
The Brotherhood (retired State Police Officers) was saddened to hear of Bobbie's death, he was a a special member of our group.
New Mexico State Police Brotherhood AssociationLas Cruces, NM
To the family of Bob Miller, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God always be with you.
Bob was a good friend of my Dad when they were in the Lincoln County Sheriff Department.
Lucas David GallegosAlamogordo, NM
To all of Bobby's family, my most sincere wishes. Bobby was a friend of mine, and we shared adjacent offices at the Ruidoso Police Department for several years. Bobby had a unique way of disagreeing without being rude or unpleasant, the mark of his leadership qualities. I will miss him.
Jm AlstonNew Braunfels, TX