Robert Charles ‘Spike’ Miller, 65, of Galesburg Illinois and formerly of Palmyra, Mo., died at 9:55 a.m. Jan. 28, 2023 in Galesburg as a result of complications from an electrocution injury many years earlier that had left him with chronic circulatory and nerve damage.
Spike was born Sept. 22, 1957 in Hannibal, Mo. to Robert Horace Miller and Norma Jean ‘Sissy’ Snow Miller.
He attended Zion Lutheran School in Palmyra and graduated in the Palmyra High School Class of 1976.
He married Carroll Franklin in Palmyra in 1978 and they later divorced.
He later married Jacqueline Jones in 1991 in Rock Island, Ill. and they also later divorced.
He was an active member of Boy Scout Troop 161 in Palmyra as a youth.
Spike worked in various industries, machine shops and foundries. He was an extremely intelligent and creative thinker, always looking for a better way to accomplish a task. He became interested as a child in the many and varied types of glass power & telegraph pole insulators, and throughout his life amassed a large collection of many different types, which he carefully cataloged.
He is survived by Carroll and Jackie; his daughter, Casey Miller Neff of St. Peters, Mo.; grandchildren, Cameryn Patterson and Carter Neff of St. Peters; a stepson, Jonathon of North Carolina; his stepmother, Mary Miller of Galesburg; his sister, Amy Snow Batchelder of Prairie Village, Kan.; aunt, Brenda Snow of Albuquerque, N.M.; and cousins, David Lomax, Donnie Snow, Diana Snow, Brad Snow, Tressie Snow Hufford, Beverly Snow Owsley, Glenn Snow, Steve Snow, Ben Snow, Kasey Snow and Sandy Cox See.
He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, Terry Snow, Michael Junge and Stacey Snow Pickard. We should make mention of his beloved dogs ‘Monster’, ‘Buster’, ‘Jasmine’, ‘Bugs’, and ‘Hoss’ that also predeceased him.
Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at the Wataga Cemetery in Wataga, Ill. Bro. David Lomax will officiate. The Hinchliff, Pearson, & West Funeral Directors of Galesburg are in charge of his arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Beacon of Hope Hospice-Galesburg Office or to the Knox County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.