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Robert "Buzz" Miller

April 17, 1940 — February 20, 2017

Robert L “Buzz” Miller of Jerome, Idaho passed away on February 20, 2017 in his home.

Buzz was born April 17, 1940 in Los Angeles, California to LaVon and Page Miller. Soon after the family moved to Gunnison, Colorado where Buzz grew up on his stepfather’s cattle ranch. Buzz graduated from Gunnison High School. He attended college in Odessa, Texas.

Buzz met Wilma “Billie” Magonegil in Grants, New Mexico where he was working at the Kerr-McGee Uranium mine. Buzz and Billie married on May 15, 1962 in Grants and had their first child, Robin, there. They moved to Elko, Nevada in 1965 where their second daughter, Rachelle, was born. A few years later, they moved to Pocatello, Idaho where their third daughter, Renee, was born. Their final move brought them to Jerome on February 28, 1968.

During Buzz’s lifetime, he had many occupations, he was truly a jack of all trades. He was a miner, an insurance adjuster for General Motors, a truck driver, an automotive painter, an auto mechanic, car salesman, construction worker, auto parts shop owner, emu rancher, gun cabinet builder, and an antique store owner.

But Buzz’s favorite “occupation” was being a grandfather. He loved having his grandchildren around. Teaching them to fish, shoot a gun, and regaling them with grand stories. He was always up for an adventure. His grandchildren, Aidan and Finn, brought him great joy.

Buzz loved socializing, dancing and just visiting with anyone. He was well known around Jerome, and will be missed by many.

Buzz was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Wilma “Billie” Miller; two step children, Terri and Colleen; father, LaVon Miller, mother Page Blackstock, and stepfather, Ed Blackstock; two brothers, Ronald Miller and Ed Miller; and two sisters, Margaret and Mary Miller. He is survived by daughters, Robin Magonegil, Rachelle Miller Parsons, and Renee Miller; daughter in law Meghen Magonegil; girlfriend, Cathy Daniels; four grandchildren, Tracey Fisher, Scooter Parsons, and Aidan and Finn Magonegil; brother, Bruce Blackstock; sister, Marjori Mariluch; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life at the Snake River Elks Lodge, 412 E. 200 S. Jerome, at 2pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Meals on Wheels program at the Jerome Senior Center.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Buzz's memorial webpage at

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

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