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Bob Miller

May 17, 1926 — July 7, 2018

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.

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