August 5, 1932 - July 31, 2018
Job 19:25-27 “I
know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand
on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my
flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own
eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
Leo Albert Poole,
age 85, passed away in his home on the morning of July 31,
2018. Leo was born in Mill City, Oregon to Ruth and James
Poole on August 5, 1932 and spent his younger years on the
family farm with Sisters Kathleen and Delores and Brother Jim,
and deceased brothers Lester and Lawrence.
In December of 1952,
Leo married the love of his life Susan E. Mikkelsen (Dec.).
Sue and Leo began their family in 1953 with the birth of their
son Leo Jr. followed by sisters Gloria (Dec.) and Sally and
son Kevin. An exchange student from Japan, Masami, became the
family’s third daughter. Leo is survived by many
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
With a passion for
public service driving him, Leo decided to become an educator.
He completed his undergraduate degree for teaching from Oregon
College of Education in Monmouth, Oregon and followed this
with a Masters Degree in Education (Math) from Oregon State
University. Hundreds of students gained life lessons from the
forty plus years Leo taught as an Elementary School Teacher in
the Mill City and Gates school system. His enjoyment of the
outdoors also drew him to summer work with the U.S. Forest
Service, where his crew blazed trails with cross cut saws and
axes through that which would eventually become the Mt.
Jefferson Wilderness Area.
Leo’s passion for
fishing far exceeded lifelong hunting trips, hobbies of
reloading, rod building, photography, Sunday evening Bridge
with the McCurdys and gardening/landscaping. He was known to
leave school as soon as the bell rang and head for the old
Gleason Hole on the North Santiam River for spring chinook. Or
slip over to neighbor Bill Lewellen’s freezer to unsteal
salmon eggs and then head to Spencers Hole for an evening
fish! Later in life, Leo enjoyed the company of friends at the
Line Hole where he would catch and fillet Chinook for family
and Mill City acquaintances.
Leo was loved by
many and will be greatly missed.
A celebration of
life service will be held on Saturday October 6th, 2018 at 2
PM at Santiam High School in Mill City. In lieu of flowers,
the family asks that you consider making a donation for school
supplies on Leo's behalf. Arrangements
entrusted to Weddle Funeral