Colonel Robert Miller, US Army (retired) MD, passed away at his home in Windsor, CO on May 29, 2018. He was born in Medina, North Dakota on October 24, 1926, and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota. After graduating from Mission High School, he entered the US Navy in September 1944, and was discharged in November 1947 with the rank of Aviation Radioman Second Class.
Robert received his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College, Iowa and his medical degree from the University of Texas, Dallas, Medical School in 1955. He married the former Angela R. Pedrazine in 1956. Robert then entered the US Army to intern at Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver, CO, and completed a four year General Surgery Residency. His next assignment was as Commanding Officer, 44th Surgical Hospital in Korea for 14 months. Following his tour in Korea, Robert was assigned to Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, California where he was Chief of General Surgery for two years.
He returned to Fitzsimmons General Hospital to complete a Thoracic Surgery Residency, and was then assigned as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 44th Medical Brigade in Vietnam. Seven months later, he became the Commanding Officer of the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi, Vietnam, for five additional months.
Upon his return from Vietnam, Robert was the Chief of General Surgery at Fitzsimmons General Hospital until his retirement from the US Army in 1972. Upon his retirement, he entered private practice in general and thoracic surgery in Garden City, Kansas where he practiced for 28 years. While in Kansas his greatest rewards were treating the wonderful people of western Kansas along with supervising student and surgery residents from the University of Kansas Medical School.
In 2004, Robert and Angela returned to Colorado to be close to their children: Ken and Connie Miller, Kara and Brian Kissick, Kevin and Kelli Miller and Kristen Miller as well as their grandchildren: John, Justin, Kyle, Bryson, Emily, Anna, Jonah, Elle, and great-grandchildren, Hayden and Adilyn.
While in Colorado, he enjoyed time with his family and continued his love of hunting and gardening.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, 11:00 AM, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 311 Sixth Street, Windsor, Colorado 80550. As flowers cannot be delivered to the church, please consider a contribution to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or the American Heart Association. Memorials can be mailed to Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry, A1, Fort Collins, CO 80524.