Leo B. Miller

Leo Benjamin Miller passed away on October 19, 2018 at the age of 95 after living a full and productive life. Leo is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Sara June Miller (nee Nusbaum) and his grandson, Jacob Miller Sand. Together Leo and Sara have 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Leo was born and raised in Milwaukee and attended Riverside High School and was a graduate of UW-Madison School of Law. For most of his career, Leo was an attorney specializing in Estate and Gift Tax with the Internal Revenue Service. He served in the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) during WWII. In 1980, Leo and Sara moved to Newburg, WI where they became active in a variety of services with the Riveredge Nature Center. They also were involved in the formation and operation of the annual Heinerbeiner Cross Country Ski Race. Leo was a dedicated volunteer for numerous Milwaukee activities and organizations, including, Milwaukee summer festivals, Mitchell Park Domes, The Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau, UPAF Ride for the Arts, and the Performing Arts Center.

Leo was a founding member of Welcome, House of Modification Examples, Inc., (Welcome HOME) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting wheelchair accessible home design.

Leo had a strong interest in energy conservation which was evident in the 1960’s when he would walk through the house and turn off any lights that were left on in a room. This interest continued throughout his life as for decades he would attend the annual energy fair in Central WI. He put his interest to practice with the construction of their home in Newburg in the 1980’s and in 2016 he proudly installed solar panels for the house and bought a hybrid electric car.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Second Home Cemetery at 3705 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee, WI with a meal of condolence to follow at Congregation Emanu-El B’Ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills. The family would appreciate any memorials for Leo be sent to Welcome, House of Modification Examples, Inc., 4260 W. Hawthorne Drive, West Bend WI 53090.

Messages for the family

  • Thoughts and prayers to Leo’s family.

    Leo will be missed.
    Jim and Fran.

  • I first met Leo in Oct. ’97, ar Riveredge. I had retired from teaching and wanted something to do with my time. Don Gilmore called me to work with him at Riveredge. I shall always remember Leo’s wit and wisdom, and also his wonderful pink pickup truck. I picture him riding off in that truck to pick up Sara and travel the universe.
    Rest in peace dear friend. Our sympathy to the family, Lefty and Diane

  • Fran and I will always remember Leo – a true friend to many -especially so to us – kind, gentle, warm-hearted – viirtuous in all respects. His winning ways, smile, wit, intelligence, and gregarious laughter will be greatly missed. Dear friend, Leo – rest in peace.

  • I will miss him very much we had so much fun volunteering. I’m really sad to here of his passing.

  • I was so sad to hear the news of Leo’s passing. He volunteered at the Domes for many years. He was so loved and appreciated there. No matter what the task, he was always right there to help. I had several very nice conversations with him and will always remember him with a warm heart.
    Leo, these past couple of years and always will be very missed.

  • Leo was an amazing volunteer here at the Mitchell Park Domes! Always ready and willing to take on any job or task that was important to the success of our special events! His humor, roll with the punches attitude and diligence in all he did was greatly appreciated. My condolences to his family. What a gift to have had him in your lives! Sandy Folaron, Domes Director

  • Leo was such a treasure to all of us at the Domes. The Friends of the Domes staff and volunteers enjoyed him so much!
    We think of him often and will continue to miss him, his humor and his kindness.