Bruce Miller of Brighton, Colorado passed away from a bout of late-onset Parkinson’s on Thursday, January 6th 2022 at his home. He was 72.
Bruce was born December 21, 1949 in Chicago, IL to Robert and Dorothy Miller. He lived in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago, until his parents and family moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1962. He attended Sacred Heart of Jesus and Casey Junior High Schools and graduated from Fairview High School, Boulder, in 1967. While in high school, Bruce taught skiing at Winter Park Ski Area. He met and married his wife Barbara Herbstreit in 1971 which started a series of shared adventures for both of them.
While visiting his in laws in Geneva, Switzerland in 1972, his father-in-law, Jack, taught him morse code which led him into a lifelong love of Amateur (Ham) Radio. He earned his extra class license by being able to copy 20 words a minute of morse code. He has been licensed in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming with the call sign he inherited from his father-in-law, WØDW. He also was licensed in Grand Cayman, ZF2KN, and while living there, he was the only American that was on the emergency communications team because of his ability to copy code. Amateur Radio offered him the opportunity to make many HAM friends along the way.
In 1977, Bruce, wanting a change from working for someone else, started his own sheet metal business, Scope Manufacturing, which he ran successfully for 10 years. In 1986, he decided to sell Scope and move his family to the Cayman Islands. He enjoyed being retired for several years and kept busy doing volunteer work with his kid’s school which gave him great satisfaction. Then, in 1989, he brought his family back to Colorado. Being the entrepreneur he was, Bruce again followed his path to work for himself and in 1993 started Epocs Manufacturing, a mirror image of Scope. Epocs is still in business and growing. He was respected by many and considered a very good businessman.
Throughout the years, Bruce enjoyed 4-wheeling in Toyota Land Cruisers of which he owned quite a few. He was a member of the Rising Sun 4-Wheel Club and the Toyota Landcruiser Club of America where he participated in and led many of the club runs throughout Colorado, Utah and South Dakota. His love of being outdoors, four-wheeling and enjoying a beer afterwards with members of the Rising Sun and TLCA clubs brought Bruce lots of enjoyment, lifelong friends and fond memories.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Barbara of 50 years; two sons, Nathaniel and wife Andrea, Ross and wife Nelda; daughter, Andrea and husband Aaron Bailey; Two brothers, Craig and wife Debbie Miller and Randall Miller; Two sisters Diane and husband Mike Walker, and Theresa and husband Al Clough; 4 grandchildren, Emilee and Jonah Miller and Aislinn and Daphne Bailey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dorothy Miller.
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