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Joseph Robert "Bob"Aumiller, a retired Bell Atlantic accounting supervisor and manager and big-band musician, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 16 at Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, Mr. Aumiller was a 1941 graduate of City College.

He joined the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served aboard the battleship USS South Dakota in the Pacific as a boatswain's mate, ship observer and musician.

After the war, Mr. Aumiller earned a degree in business administration on the GI Bill of Rights at the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Aumiller worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for more than 40 years in Baltimore and Washington as an accountant and accounting supervisor and manager before retiring from C&P;'s successor, Bell Atlantic, in 1985.

"Upon his retirement at 62, he pursued his lifelong dream of being a professional jazz musician," said his son, Robert John Aumiller Sr. of Ruxton.

A versatile musician who played tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano and trombone, Mr. Aumiller was a member of the Crabtown Big Band, Chesapeake Greys and the George Hipp Band. He also occasionally performed with the Zim Zemarel Orchestra.

The longtime Towson resident lived in Annapolis from 1970 to 1990, when he returned to Towson. He was a member and former president of the Towson Optimist Club. He also was an avid sailor, golfer and traveler.

Mr. Aumiller had been a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Services were held Nov. 20.

Also surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Frances Beetle; two daughters, Christina A. Roemer of Catonsville and Leslie A. Agre of Kent Island; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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