Milam Roy Leist
Milam Roy Leist
December 27, 1930 - March 24, 2021
Milam Roy Leist of Angleton, Texas passed away peacefully on March 24, 2021. Roy was born on December 27, 1930 on a farm near Yoakum in Dewitt County, Texas. His parents were Fritz Leist and Vallie Turner Leist. Roy was married to Jenny Beth Strong Leist for 63 years until her passing in July 2020. Together, Roy and Jenny raised two children, Valerie and Danny Leist.
Roy graduated from Yoakum High School in 1948 and Baldwin Business College and later, he attended Alvin Junior College night school. Roy served his country by joining the United States Air Force in 1950. He spent a year of his service going to technical schools studying advanced electronics, aircraft instrumentation, radio, radar and auto pilot. He was stationed in Texas, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, and the Alaska Territory. While in Alaska, he volunteered to serve at a remote outpost near the Arctic Ocean.
Roy retired from Dow Chemical Company in 1986 after 30 years of service. He worked as an Instrument Technologist for Dow’s Research Department. He also worked for Convair Division of General Dynamics in Ft. Worth on the B-58 Hustler Fighter Bomber Project.
In his latter years, one of Roy’s greatest joys was patrolling the neighborhood and visiting with neighbors in his rural neighborhood where he lived the last 60 years. He was an avid deer hunter and loved spending time outdoors. He hunted for 75 years, finally deciding to not go to his deer stand in 2020. Roy bought a small farm in Palestine, Texas in the 1960’s. He loved planning, gathering building supplies and constructing a small home in Palestine, Texas. He enjoyed hosting and inviting friends and family to hunt with him in Palestine. Roy hunted Texas, Utah and Colorado making many memories and telling lots of stories around the campfire.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Vallie Leist, his wife Jenny Beth Strong Leist, daughter in law Donna Gaubatz Leist and his niece Rachel Leist Cook.
Roy is survived by his daughter Valerie (Keith) Holder of Jones Creek; his son Danny (Chere’) Leist of Lake Jackson; brother Jerry (Frances) Leist of Angleton; niece Gretchen (Kelly) Sanders of Blanco. He is also survived by his granddaughter Christy (Ivan) Quinones of San Antonio; grandson Dr Brent (Tiffany) Mixon of Lake Jackson; great grandchildren Emily Gail and Luke Leist Mixon of Lake Jackson; Alyssa Quinones of San Antonio and Kalynn Quinones of Norman, Oklahoma.
At Roy’s request, there will not be a funeral service.