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Leonard M. Miller

Leonard William Miller, age 58, of Farmersville, Texas, formerly of Philip, S.D., lost his battle with liver cancer on April 29, 2011, at the McKinney Medical Center in McKinney, Texas.

Leonard was born August 15, 1952, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the second of 10 children born to Henry and Louise (Mehlbrech) Miller. He grew up in Salem and Philip, S.D. Leonard attended Philip High School and later worked in the Philip area.

Leonard moved to Kansas City, Kansas and later to Salina, Kansas where he was involved in a factory accident that severely injured his arm. Several surgeries were required in the years to come. Leonard enrolled in the Salina Technology Institute in Salina, where he received a degree as a Computer Technical Engineer. Leonard was very proud of this achievement. He accepted a position with Southwestern Bell Company in Salina. The company later transferred Leonard to Dallas, Texas which later became AT&T, where he was employed until his death.

Leonard liked to travel all over the country. He always had a good story to tell when he got back. Leonard loved the state of Texas, and was a dedicated fan of the Texas Rangers. He was an active member at the VFW in Farmersville, volunteering for benefit barbecues and the Fire Department. He was known for his southern crockpot beans. Leonard loved to read, especially books from his favorite author, Dean Koontz.

Leonard's family will miss his annual visits to his hometown of Philip, his vehicle loaded with Texas watermelons and treasures found at flea markets. Leonard's mother will dearly miss his weekly phone calls.

Survivors include his mother, Louise Miller of Philip; one brother, Mike Miller and his wife, Debbie, of Philip; six sisters, Linda Stotts and her husband, Carl, of Missoula, Mont., Rene Konst of Philip, Joan Miller of Ault, Colo., Mary Lee of Sioux Falls, Donna Kroetch and her husband, Brad, of Rockledge, Fla., and Nancy Roehler and her husband, Mark, of Belle Fourche; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Leonard was preceded in death by his father, Henry "Hank" Miller; and two sisters, Karen Williams and Vicky Dale.

A rosary service will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Kevin Achbach as celebrant.

Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com