Robert Eugene Miner Jr.

February 25, 1943August 9, 2013
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On August 9, 2013 Robert E. Miner Jr (Bob) passed away at Banner Desert Medical Center Intensive Care Unit after a hard-fought struggle battling an illness that developed over the past few months at age 70. At his bedside in the arms of Diane his wife of 48 years, and their oldest son, Robert E. Miner III (Robby) and his wife Nicole (Stein) Miner of Tempe Arizona was also present. Bob and Diane’s youngest son Travis Miner played a song he wrote for his Dad of love and a message to hold on, a gift of encouragement that he gave his Dad a few days fore he passed away which “Pop” gave a loving thumbs up and smile.

Preceding Bob’s death is his Mother Beverly Ann Miner of Michigan and his younger brother William D Miner also of Michigan who are his angels in heaven. Besides his Wife, two sons and daughter in law; Bob is survived by his beloved Aunt Jean Dennis of Royal Oak, Michigan, Two grandchildren, here in Tempe Arizona, Brennan Miner age 11, and Bianca Pearl Miner just 14 months old. Bob was a veteran of the United States Army, earning an accommodation as an Expert (Rifle M-14). Bob served overseas with Company C 126th Ordnance Battalion. In Creilsheim Germany and with the 4th armored tank division. He received an honorable discharge on April 23 1963. Bob met Diane (Hord) after he returned home from the Army through friends they knew from Kimball High School in their home town Royal Oak Michigan. Bob and Diane were married on September 24, 1964 in Royal Oak Michigan. They moved to Arizona in 1973 after hiking and enjoying the southwest and decided that’s where they wanted to continue their education and attend ASU. Bob and Diane had two living sons. Robert E. Miner III, born August 6, 1980 and Travis Preston Miner born March 20, 1986. Robert Graduated from Arizona State University in 1976 earning a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Chemistry and Geology. Bob began his state service Oct 1, 1980 with Arizona State University Chemistry Department, where he was involved with electron microscopic studies, and on the group that was analyzing amino acids, including some of the moon rocks brought back by, astronaut, Neil Armstrong. In 1977 Bob was instrumental in assisting Dr. Don Wujeck of Wayne Oakland College in Auburn Hills Michigan in providing various rock collections and mapping of the southwest geological areas and photographic slides, forming educational trips for the geology department in Michigan to visit Yellowstone Park, Grand Canyon and Bryce , Zion. On November 16, 1998 Bob went to work at Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and became a Network Specialist for the Information Technology Section of the Administrative Services Division. Bobs documentation’s and Visio drawing for the AEQ wide area and local area networks had provided invaluable information for projects undertaken and achieved through his dedication and knowledge. Bob has been recognized by both the executive and legislative branches of government for his tireless work and Bob retired on .July 23 2004. R Bob was a member of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)with a passion for model trains and train travel. He was also a past President of the National Chemical Society -SW Region, and a member of the ASU alumni association.. Memorial services will be held at Resthaven Park & Cemetery, located at 4310 E Southern in Phoenix AZ 85042 (602) 437 0436 On Saturday August 24, 2013. Gathering at Resthaven at 10:00 am, and the Service to start promptly at 11:00. You may send flowers to Resthaven Park or, if you wish to send donations in lieu of flowers you may send them to the American Lung Association. We are in God’s Grace Peace Diane Miner


  • Memorial Visitation Resthaven Park Mortuary Saturday, August 24, 2013
  • Memorial Service at Resthaven Park Mortuary Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Travis Miner

November 25, 2013

Pops has supported everything positive I have involved myself in. When I would come home from school he would ask me, "what did you learn today?" and then he would follow that up with "what did you draw today?". I did not always have an answer for the first question but learned that if he was going to ask the same 2 questions everyday I should just draw all over my finished class work just to see what he would say. To my amazement this is how he checked my school work and learned about me through the development of my drawings. Pops always showed interest in my art and other things I did for fun. When I started to play guitar I was unsure about my musical abilities until he told me to "Turn it up!" so he could hear everything. he knew this would put some positive pressure on me to play well, my father always gave me a boost when it came to my music.
There was one thing I wanted to do that he was a little unsure about; before my freshmen year in high school I mentioned to him that I wanted to play football, when pop heard this he looked at me like I was crazy and told me that I was too small to have fun in a sport like that. When we were walking to our car after my first game I could not stop raving about how much fun I had, and he couldn't stop telling me how impressed he was. From that point on I had realized that my father was my biggest fan and supported anything I wanted to do. If I said I wanted to do something, he believed I could.
Pops put a lot of trust in me to make good decisions based on decent standards and life lessons. He showed me that life is a learning experience. No matter how good or bad things would get for me, I would try to think about what I'm learning from the current situation I found myself in. Pops taught me that knowledge through life is always exciting, I will always try to learn something new everyday.
Love Travis

Robby Miner

November 25, 2013

My relationship with Dad was deep, because of his understanding of how far I have come and because he never gave up on me. When I had troubles and could have gone the wrong way he was there to see me turn things around. We could talk about cars and engines endlessly. Were very much alike. I knew I could always go to him to discuss anything, he would talk to me with interest in what I said not many have that relationship with their dad. I looked forward to sitting with him after work often. He loved cars and so do I and he's proud of the work I do as a skilled mechanic because he supported my interest in all mechanical things. Now that I'm a Dad too that means a lot to me. I will never forget how happy he was at my wedding and when his 2nd grandchild was born just a little over a year ago. Dad was the father to me he wished he had. Robby

August 24, 2013

Gil Case and I arrived in Phoenix one day in 1973. Unexpected and unannounced. And no money. Bob and Diane extended the hospitality of their home to us until we could find a place to stay. Bob (and Diane) were always up for something fun to do. Sometimes it would be a road trip, midnight movies in Tempe, or hanging out in Bob's family room. Hanging out with Bob and Diane was great. We always had some thing to do. Bob wasn't going to sit around and stare at wall. He was all about doing something fun.
Bob was all about problem solving. If there was issue / problem / whatever, Bob would jump right in and take care of it for you. There were times we had to slow that boy down.
Bob's family lived across the street from me in Royal Oak, on Houstonia Street. I don't remember him much from back then. Remember his Mom, Aunt and brother.
I do remember something Gil Case said to me several years ago when I asked how Bob and Diane were doing. Gil said that Bob was retired, and he was "the Most Retired person you'll ever meet". Bless his heart. And I will follow his example.
I hope Bob's family take comfort in the fact that they were a part of him, loved him, lived with him and knew him. When you view the pictures of his life, you can see love and joy. He had a life well spent.
Michael Beaupied.

August 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing Bob's life with us in your picture gallery. What a wonderful life you had together. Great memories to keep close to your heart, knowing that one day, you will be together again. Lori Best (Gilbert, AZ)

Cindy Keller

August 23, 2013

Diane, Travis, Robby your tribute is beautiful. Your footprints are all over these loving memories. Hugs to you.

Cliff Pearlberg

August 23, 2013

Bob and I became friends almost upon our first meeting when he came to work at State Land so many years ago. And, I am glad for the time we were able to spend together in retirement. I will miss him.

Shelly Nelson

August 22, 2013

What a great memoriam to Bob...what a life he had. You made it a great life for him and with him, too! Hugs....

Mary Hickie

August 22, 2013

To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die. ~Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground"

My thoughts and prayers are with Diane and her family, as they mourn Bob's passing and rejoice his life.

Darell Case

August 22, 2013

Bob has been a wonderful friend since our teen years in Royal Oak, and I will cherish memories of the great times we've had over the decades. I miss him terribly and shall never forget.

August 21, 2013

And when the work of grief is done,
The wound of loss will heal
And you will have learned
To wean your eyes
From that gap in the air
And be able to enter the hearth
In your soul where your loved one
Has awaited your return
All the time.

John O'Donohue

with love and hugs from Karin Field-Smith