BERLIN, Mo. - Walter Robert "Babe" Miller, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 6, at his home in Berlin.
He was born to Walter Earnest Miller and Bertha Ann Snead on Aug. 22, 1937, in Maysville, Missouri in the back of an ambulance on Main Street.
He graduated from King City High School in 1955 where he was a member of the undefeated football team of 1953.
He married Marcella Earleen Sisk on March 27, 1960. She survives of the home. They have four children, Jeanie Ferril Moore (Marvin Burks), Jackie Miller (Shawn Roll), and Bucky (Melissa) Miller all of King City and Kent and Betty Jo "Jodie" Tadlock of Springville, IN; seven grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. He also is survived his sister, Rose Marie Mercer and his sister-in-law, Mary Miller both of King City, and several nieces and nephews.
Babe was a member of the King City and Fairport Saddle Clubs, the King City 4-H Club, the Fairport Masonic Lodge, and the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Berlin. He served 6 years in the Missouri Army Reserves in St. Joseph, was a 4-H Horsemanship Leader and was a member of the award-winning King City Saddle Club Drill Team. He was an avid softball player from age 11 through age 68, and loved hand fishing which he perfected with his father and best friend, Lloyd Ellis. He loved horses and broke horses for many years. He was known for arriving early to any baseball, softball or basketball game that his grandkids participated in and even attended dance and cheer competitions in Yankton, South Dakotah to see them perform. He also reluctantly attended various King City band concerts, musicals and theater productions.
Babe was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, William B. Miller; his brother-in-law, Bobby J. Mercer; and two sons-in-law, Charles David Ferril and Mike Moore.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Roberson Funeral Home, King City, Missorui.
Private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Berlin Cemetery, Berlin.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the King City Saddle Club in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 153, King City, MO 64463.
Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.