Charles Samuel ‘Sam’ Miller
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Miller after a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. Sam leaves a substantial footprint in the lives he’s touched throughout the years, and he will forever be remembered by those who knew him as a great man and a brilliant mentor. Sam’s substantial sense of service and pride in protecting the freedoms of our great nation made his passing on Pearl Harbor day truly an honor.
Born in Idaho as the eldest of four children, Sam’s early life was similar to the story of many families from that period – not having much, but making full use of what they had. Sam dedicated his life to ensure his family was well provided for, and his love for his wife of 27 years and passion of encouraging the success of his three children was palpable. Being a father was his greatest pride and joy.
Sam fondly reflected upon his four-year enlistment in the Air Force, whereafter he earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder. His early career in civil service began with the Bureau of Reclamation, and soon culminated in well over 20 years at Western Area Power Administration.
Sam had the unique ability to bring a smile to even the most stoic of countenances through his powerful sense of humor. He was a pensive man, always thinking about his next project and constantly adding to his “to-do” lists, which often included gardening work, woodworking, metal-sculpting, and house-building.
Preceded in death by his father, Chuck, Sam is survived by his wife, Selina, three children, Kasandra, Jacob, and Ryan, mother, Bonnie, brothers, Christopher (Joan) and Matthew, sister Evalea (Jon), Aunt Rosemary, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring with a potluck/picnic immediately following his cremation interment at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, Montana.
We offer thanks to all our friends and family and a heartfelt appreciation to the medical professionals in Red Lodge, Billings, and Denver for all their efforts, love, and support throughout this arduous journey.