Obituary: Robert Miller


Robert L. Miller, 97, of Dixon, passed away Friday, March 25, 2022, at Genesis East, Davenport.  Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.  Robert’s funeral service will be 12 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the mortuary.  Burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dixon Fire Department and condolences may be shared at

Robert was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Lost Nation, to George and Hannah (Hansen) Miller. He was united in marriage to Helen C. Curtis on Nov. 26, 1944, in McCausland.  She preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 2020.  Robert had been a lifelong farmer who never retired.  Along the way, he worked as a mechanic and various other jobs.  He had been a member of the United Church of Christ, Big Rock, where he served as a deacon and elder.  He was a past president of the Scott County Farm Bureau, served on the Dixon Memorial Park board, and was an Allen’s Grove Township trustee.  Robert enjoyed square dancing, was a St. Louis Cardinal fan, active in 4-H, and loved his tractors.  He was active in the Mississippi Valley Fair tractor pulls, tractor shows, and had his entire family involved in tractor restoration.    

Survivors include three children, Betty (Jim) Engel, Springfield, Ohio, Beverly Watts, Williamsburg, and Kevin (Jill) Miller, Dixon; grandchildren Ellen, Curt, Andy, Rose, Patrick, Meghan, and Jake; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Margaret Claeys; brothers-in-law Ben and David Curtis; and nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a son-in-law, Larry Watts. 

The family would like to give a special thanks to his care team, Ellen, Terry, and Paula.


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