Robert Steven Miller

Died: Sat., May 26, 2018


1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., May 31, 2018
Location: Mercyhurst North East Campus

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 01, 2018
Location: Mercyhurst North East Campus

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Robert Steven "Bob" Miller, age 81, of North East, PA and Anna Maria, FL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 26, 2018, surrounded by his family. Bob was born in McKees Rocks, on September 11, 1936, a son of the late Henry C. and Josephine (Gabor) Miller.

Bob was a baker by trade and the co-founder of Better Baked Foods, with facilities in North East and Erie, PA, and Westfield, NY.  He served as Chairman of the Board for many years, retiring in 2017 after over 50 years in the pizza industry.  

Both an entrepreneur and philanthropist, throughout his career Bob maintained a great interest in the growth, development and needs of the people and the communities in which he lived and worked. He was a longtime benefactor of the North East Campus of Mercyhurst University, the Heritage Foundation, Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, the North East Community Foundation, and the Rotary Foundation.

Bob was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jennifer, in 1976, and his parents, Henry C. Miller and Josephine (Gabor) Miller. He is survived by his wife, Janet L. (Nelson Croscut) Miller, whom he married on June 16, 1972; their seven children Katherine Miller (Robert Heinzman) of Lee, MA; Michele Giesen (Robert) and Mark Miller of Longmont, CO; Christopher Miller (Linda), Julie Griffith, and Jeff Croscut-Miller (Karen) of North East, PA and Rebecca Gordon (Christopher) of Avon Lake, OH. Bob is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Maura O’Connor, Harrison and Tyler Giesen, Shaina Wolf (Nicholas), Hannah Miller, Nicholas Miller, Jonathon, Mathew and Cynthia Griffith, Justin, Nathan and Troy Croscut-Miller and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law H. Wayne and Lucille Miller of Coraopolis, PA. Bob will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Ridge Building on the Mercyhurst North East Campus, 16 W Division St, North East, PA 16428. A funeral service will be held there on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at the Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, NY. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the William D Elkin Funeral Home in North East, PA.

Memorials may be made to the Mercyhurst North East Campus Miller Scholarship Fund, 16 W Division St, North East, PA 16428.

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H Jack & Maria Langer
   Posted Tue May 29, 2018
Janet and Family:
Our prayers are with you during your trying time. Bob was a very SPECIAL man.

Tom and Shari Terwilliger
   Posted Wed May 30, 2018
Dear Janet and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. BOB was a wonderful mentor to me in my career. I will always remember the good times.
Sincerely ,

Scott Barefoot
   Posted Wed May 30, 2018
Dear Janet and Family,
I am deeply honored and blessed to have known Bob. I will forever carry him in my heart. Accept my condolences.
Scott Barefoot and Family

Donna Higginbotham
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Dear Janet and your family,

I have so many fond and fun memories of Bob and all I worked with when your business was first starting in Sherman. My deepest sympathy and love and prayers to you all.
Donna Higginbotham

Gary and Roberta Bukowski
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. There are not enough words to say how wonderful and kind a man he was. We are so happy to have known him. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Know we are saddened that we are unable to be there.

Jim Helffrich
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
To the Miller family, my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all. Bob's ingenuity, and leadership were always an inspiration as well as his kind heart. He will be missed!!

Cindy Haskin
   Posted Fri June 01, 2018
Sorry to hear of your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of Bob.
I am thinking of you all.

Cindy Haskin

Thomas & June Sisson
   Posted Sat June 02, 2018
Our hearts are with you in your time of loss. I have childhood memories of time spent as families together for picnics, fishing, boxing and playing keep away. Your dad was a great man and will be missed. Blessings and peace are hoped for your time together remembering everything he was to you.much love, Tom and June

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