Leo Sandaal Miller, 88, of Loveland, CO, passed away Thursday Sept 12, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Born January 12, 1931 in Harrisonburg, VA, he was the son of the late Luther Samuel Miller and Helen Louise (Sandaal) Miller.
He leaves his loving wife of 67 years, Velma Marie (Reck) Miller; his brother Howard Miller; his two sons Steve Miller (Carrie Holligan), Tim Miller (Devon Ervin); his daughter Debi Rose (Randy Rose); four grandchildren Liza (Rose) Gates (Keith Gates), TJ Rose, Malaya Miller, Lienne Miller; and two great grandchildren Alyce Rose and Zacary Gates.
Born and raised in Harrisonburg, VA, Leo worked on his family farm until his graduation from Bridgewater High School in 1948 after which he joined the Navy where he completed training as an Electrical Technician. While in the Navy he met the love of his life Velma Reck in Kankakee, IL and they were married on April 13, 1952 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kankakee, IL.
After leaving the Navy in 1953, Leo and Velma made their home in the Washington DC area for a few years before moving to Fort Wayne, IN where Leo pursued a degree in Electronics Technology as they expanded their family by welcoming their two sons and a daughter. Following his dream to move west, Leo and Velma moved their family to Albuquerque, NM in 1962. Continuing his drive for learning, Leo obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico while working at Sandia Labs.
They moved to Loveland, CO in July 1969 where Leo began his 28-year career as an Electrical Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, Corporation. Leo obtained his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University. While working full-time and pursuing his advanced degrees, he also had time for his family. From hiking with the kids above Albuquerque on the Sandia Mountain and throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains to spending Christmas camping in a pop-up tent trailer visiting Disneyland, Leo created memories for his family. He also supported his children from the sidelines cheering them on during baseball, tennis, and swim meets.
His legacy for academic achievement drove all his children to complete their college degrees. His passion for education continues with his first two grandchildren having completed college degrees and beyond.
After a career designing and innovating electronics solutions for early calculators, desktop computers, laser printers, and optical scanners he retired in January 1998. In retirement Leo dedicated himself to Velma, the love of his life, while pursuing his passions for traveling, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with his grandchildren, hiking, 4-wheeling, and photography. Crossing the nation pulling their trailer with Velma always at his side, visiting national parks, historic areas, and family brought a smile to his face and peace to his heart.
A private memorial service for the family is planned. Should family and friends desire contributions may be sent to King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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