Robert L. Miller

Born: Mon., Apr. 19, 1937
Died: Fri., May 16, 2008

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Robert L."Bob" Miller age 71 of New Lisbon passed away on Friday May 16, 2008 at the University Hospital in Madison due to complications from a stroke. He was the son of Roland and Alvina (Sarazin) Miller and was born on April 19, 1937 in Ashland, WI. Bob was raised in Sheboygan Falls, WI, were he also graduated from high school. He later attended Carroll College and received his masters degree from Winona State College. Bob played football, and wrestled in high school and college, he also played semipro football with the Sheboygan Redwings. He was united in marriage to Mary C. Bachus on June 30, 1962 in Sheboygan Falls, WI, and they moved to Mauston where Bob coached football and was the athletic director for many years. He was the first manager of the Alaskan Super Club, owned by his uncle Bob Sarazin. He and Mary started their own business selling park and recreation equipment in Wisconsin. He retired and enjoyed spending his time between Castle Rock Lake, Aruba, and Fort Meyers Beach Florida. Bob later became involved in Juneau County Government serving on the Juneau County Board, and was past chairman of Germantown Township. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and a past Lions Club member. Bob liked boating and was an avid sports fan of the Wisconsin Badgers, and Green Bay Packers. He is survived by his wife Mary of New Lisbon, a son Michael of Elkhorn, WI, two daughters, Julie (William) Syverson of Waukesha, WI, and Debra (Doug) Strode of McFarland, WI, a sister Barbara (John) Burns of New Canaan, CT, a step-brother Leonard (Sherry) Lee of High Bridge, WI, and four grandsons, Eric, Griffin, Matthew, and Brett, and by his nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Elva, and a step-brother Richard Lee.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Mauston Ambulance, Hess Memorial Hospital, UW Med Flight, and the University Hospital Neurosurgery Department. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family to go to Med Flight and to the Neurosurgery Stroke Research at the University Hospital in Madison.

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday May 21, 2008 at 10:00AM at St. Paul's Catholic Church in New Lisbon with Fr. John Paul Lobo presiding. Relatives and friends may call at the Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon on Tuesday from 5:00PM till 8:00PM. Online guestbook with condolences available at

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julie syverson
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Dad, We love and miss you so much already. We are glad you are at peace and we had the time with you in the hospital, I will never forgot those days. Love, Julie

Susan Holtz
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Dear Mary and family, We have been through so much together and now here we are again. I am so sorry for your loss but we have so many wonderful and fun memories that Bob will live on in our hearts forever. I will never forget all you and Bob did for me and my family when we all needed you most. We are here for you now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love to you, Sue and family

Diane Flanders
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. Bob was my stepbrother-in-law for many years. After the death of my husband, Richard Lee, Bob was still my stepbrother-in-law and dear stepson of Elva. I'm glad that we were able to visit with him and Mary this past summer. He was a fun-loving and vibrant man who will be sorely missed by all. Our love, Stephen and Diane Flanders

Scott & Sue Matsen
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
So sorry for your loss. Debbie, we will always remember the day at your parent's home, just a few summers ago. I know you will miss him! If there is anything we can do for you, please don't hesitate to call me. We will keep you in our thoughts and our prayers. Friends Always - Scott, Sue & Boys

Sue Luksich (Schmidt)
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Dear Mary, Julie, Michael and Debbie - I just want you to know that your husband/father was a big part of my life growing up and I loved being around him while hanging out with Julie. He was always funny and even after we graduated High School I continued to see him at the lake where he was always wearing a smile and giving me some grief!! All in fun, of course. Thank you for always making me feel comfortable at your house, Bob. You will be missed by many and always have a special place in my heart. Love, Sue

Eckmann family
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your loved one. What a deep loss for your family. Please know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers during the very difficult days to come. The Eckmann's

Guy and Patty Madsen
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob was a wonderful person and we will surely miss him. Take care of yourself and remember all the good times. Love Guy and Patty

don Stanek
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Bob will be missed by all that new him. The "Packers" & "Badgers" have lost one of thier biggest fans. May he look over his family with all the love he had here on earth.

Chuck and Norma (Atkinson) Spencer
   Posted Sun May 18, 2008
Mary and family: The measure of a life are the impressions they leave in others. Bob ("Boomer") left in us a "can do" attitude, both as a coach and later as a friend. We have thought of him often over the years. Our condolences are with you and the world shall miss him. Chuck and Norma (Atkinson) Spencer Mauston High School - Class of 1964

Sarah Roberts (formerly Holtz)
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
Mary and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Bob. He will surely be missed by many people! I will always have my memories mostly at my grandparents house (Ron and Lois Hanson). Bob was always happy to play with Amy and I "the Ladies from New Jersey" at Ron and Lois's basement bar room. I used to love boating with you on the lake as well. I want you to know that we are here for you if you need us- just call, and we appreciate you being there when we needed someone!Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Jason, Sarah, Emily and Haley Roberts

Dave Hanson
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
I know this is a difficult time, you certainly have helped our family though such. I am unable to travel to be there personally but please know that my thoughts are with you!

Lynette Stanek
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
So sorry to hear of your loss. I really enjoyed your company when I was vacationing with my dad(Don Stanek) May GOD be with you during this difficult time. Lynette Stanek

Barbara and John Burns, Jr. & Family
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Mary and Family. Love, Barbara and John Burns, Jr. Johnny, Christine & Steve, Greg, Timothy & Rachel, Jennifer & Nick

Timothy & Rachel Burns
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
It is with deep sadness that Rachel and I mark the passing of Uncle Bob. We visited him in our RV at his lakefront home last summer and he was the perfect gentleman - showing us his generous hospitality and his kind spirit. It was clear he was well loved in the community because everywhere we went it seemed that someone knew him and waved or wanted to talk to him. His spirit and connection to our family will be missed, and Rachel and I send our condolences to his family and friends. Love, Rachel and Timothy Burns

Dawn Anderson (Carroll)
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
Julie, Debbie, & Family-I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I always remember how tall he seemed when I was at your house! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tim Ahern
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
Mary and Family, On behalf of everyone at BCI Burke please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. Bob truly was a pioneer in the park and recreation field here in Wisconsin and we were lucky to be able to call him one of our own! He will be missed. Sincerely, Tim Ahern, Owner BCI Burke Company

Marabeth Leum
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
My name is Marabeth Leum, I met Robert at Norris Vernier Motor Sales in Tomah. I am very sorry for your loss, Robert was a wonderful man, he will be missed by many at our auto dealership.

Karen Dougherty
   Posted Mon May 19, 2008
Dear Mary, I was so very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I will always remember his smiling face and kind nature. And I'll always have fond memories of Aruba spent with the two of you over the years and how kind you were to me. He was a funny and wonderful man. And I will miss him. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy Karen Dougherty(Sylvia's daughter)

Lydia, Peter & Matthew Kaboolian
   Posted Tue May 20, 2008
Dear Mary & Family, We were so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He will be missed. I'm glad we got the chance to see him again this past January in Aruba-they are memories that all will have for our lifetime. Love, Lydia, Peter & Matthew

Jeff and Kris Mikkelson
   Posted Tue May 20, 2008
May the love of those close to you bring healing and strengh during this difficult time. Love, Jeff and Kris

Bonita Loeffel
   Posted Tue May 20, 2008
Mary Miller Family: Mary, I was sadden to read of Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. May the many memories you shared ease your loss and bring you comfort and peace in the days to come. With Deepest Sympathy, Bonnie

Jim Strode
   Posted Tue May 20, 2008
Mary, Debbie and Family-- My sincerest condolences on the passing of Bob. I have always admired Bob for his contributions to education and coaching, his successes in business, and his leadership in local government. My thoughts and prayers are with him and your family.

Paul & Cathy Werwinski
   Posted Tue May 20, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. May your loving memories along with the love and strength of your family help you all through. With our deepest sympathy- The Werwinski Family

Bill Bomber
   Posted Wed May 21, 2008
Bob will have a special place in the minds and hearts of all that had the priviledge of his company. The teachers and coaches of Mauston High School send their sympathy and best regards to his family.

   Posted Wed May 21, 2008

Paul Feldhake
   Posted Wed May 21, 2008
I only got to work with Bob for about a year but really enjoyed it. In the short time we knew each other I was able to gain a lot of knowledge from him regarding the park and recreation business. I am still employed by Miller and Associates and wanted to pass my condolences on to the family. I remember that he was very generous with his time and helped me understand the business that he had built. Paul Feldhake Miller and Assocites

Sugar & Jack Balmes
   Posted Wed May 21, 2008
Dear Mary and family, We are deeply saddened by your loss. Bob was such an easy guy to be with and made us feel so welcome every time we visited. Had been thinking of you so often in the past month or so as I finished off the last of my cranberry honey! Hope to see you before too long. Keep strong & well! Love, Sugar (and Jack too)

Herby & Sylvia Stickland
   Posted Wed May 21, 2008
Dear Mary, We were so sad to hear about Bob's passing. It' still so hard to believe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. Bob was a sweet man and we will miss him very much. Love, Herby and Sylvia

Sue Holtz
   Posted Thu May 22, 2008
Dear Mary,Julie & family,Debbie & family, and Michael, Today's service was a beautiful and loving tribute to Bob and celebration of his life. May the love of all your friends and family help you through the difficult times ahead. We are here for you, whatever you need and whenever you need us. Please call or stop in anytime. Love to you all, Sue

Marie Gosda, David Dellamuth
   Posted Tue May 27, 2008
We send are regards. Bob was a great person. He will be in our thoughts and prayers. May the lord be with you in this time of need.

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