Obituary of Lawrence 'Dutch' Walter Miller
Greeley, Colorado – Lawrence Walter Miller (Dutch), 90, of Encampment Wyoming passed away on December 30, 2022, after a brief stay in hospice at the Life Care Center of Greeley.
Dutch was born in LaSalle, CO, on January 28, 1932, to Frank and Elizabeth (Lizzi Brunz) Miller of LaSalle on their family farm and baptized at Our Savior Lutheran Church of Greeley. Dutch attended LaSalle Elementary and Greeley High and was a member of Colorado National Guard.
Dutch married Phillis Nelson of Boulder, CO and then moved to San Diego, CA where they had three children, Morris, Jerry, and Tamera.
He worked for General Dynamics as a Safety Engineer and later started his own safety shoe business.
In 1963, Dutch met Sandra Ford and they had two children together, Scott and Mike, in addition to stepson Dan and lived in Fullerton, CA.
Later the family moved to Encampment, WY and started a local hardware business called Beaver Valley Hardware.
Dutch was active in the Encampment community, attended the Presbyterian Church of Encampment and was once the mayor of Encampment.
Dutch loved meeting and helping people and loved story telling.
Dutch is preceded in death by his parents, wife Sandy Miller, brothers Alfred, Jim, Keith, and Roy, and his sisters Esther Freeman and Shirley Bierbach, sons, Morris, Scott and Mike and grandson Michael.
Dutch is survived by his brother Kenneth and sister-in-law Bonnie of Greeley, CO, son Jerry, granddaughter Tasha and grandson Miles of Fullerton, CA, daughter Tamera Smith and grandson Chad of Lakeside, CA, stepson Dan, daughter in-law Dona, grandsons Scott and Caden and great granddaughter Parker all of Montgomery, TX and grandson Dillon Lemmel of Lake Havasu City, AZ.
A Celebration of Life service will be held this summer in Encampment, Wyoming.
In lieu of flowers the Miller family would ask people to donate to the Presbyterian Church of Encampment, Wyoming. This can be done by sending your donations to Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 745, Encampment, Wyoming 82325.
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