- Dr. Leon Miller
- Date of Death:
- May 28, 2011
- Location of Service:
- Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church - Maryville
Leon Frederick Miller (who lived in Maryville, Missouri for 60 years) was born in Springfield, Missouri on June 2, 1919 –the oldest child of Marie Schultz Miller and Oscar H. Miller (a Frisco railroad clerk), who predeceased him. Both were of German heritage.
Leon was married for 65 years to his devoted wife, Mary Belle Harmon Miller, who survives him. They were proud of their daughters, Carol and Gayle. Their younger daughter, Gayle Miller Bilden (a graduate of NWMSU in chemistry) died in a car accident in 1979. Leon is survived by their older daughter, Carol J. Miller, who has been a business law professor at
A graduate of (now)
Leon Miller was an honor graduate from
Serving as a major in World War II, Leon was honored with a purple heart, a bronze star with two oak leaf clusters, a combat infantry badge, a European Theatre of Operations Ribbon with three battle stars and a Presidential citation for serving in the 79th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, 315th Regiment of the 3rd Army.
Dr. Miller served on the Nodaway County Board for United Way for nine years, was a Red Cross volunteer during his early years, and was a long-time sponsor of Vets Club among his numerous other civic capacities. Leon was the last surviving founder of Hope Lutheran Church, where he served on the finance board for over 20 years and as President or Secretary during 14 years.
In his prime, Dr. Miller was a distinguished university administrator at
His later years were sadly complicated by diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, from which he is now released, but he should be remembered as he was in his prime -- for his intellect, wit and service.
Memorials to honor Leon can be sent to Northwest Missouri State University Foundation for the Leon F. Miller Graduate Grant Award, to the Lions Eye Tissue Bank, to the Missouri State American Legion Oratorical Program or to Hope Lutheran Church.
The service for Leon F. Miller will be held at
- Location of Services:
- Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
- 931 South Main Street