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Russ W Miller

February 11, 1936 ~ August 22, 2020 (age 84)


Funeral Services for Russell “Russ” W. Miller, of Albert Lea will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 29, at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Reverend John Holt will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea.

Russ passed away August 22, 2020 in Rochester, MN. He was 84.

He was born on February 11, 1936 in Hampton, IA to Henry and Leilah (Harris) Miller.  After high-school, he enlisted in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged after three years as a Private First Class. He married Gretchen Hagen in 1955 and to this union 6 children were born: Kevin, Scott, Gina, Bruce, Cheryl and Carrie. They were later divorced. He married Joan E. Gore on March 31, 1972 in Watertown, SD.  To this union Chad and Dave were born.

Russell worked for the City of Albert Lea for 33 years as a fire fighter, retiring as Captain. He also held a variety of part-time jobs, including first responder, the Red Cross (where he taught first aid), and funeral assistant.  In his downtime, he enjoyed camping anywhere/anytime and liked to get in the van and go.  He was fortunate to retire at an early age giving him time and opportunity to do things he enjoyed and spend time with family.

Russell is survived by his wife Joan Miller, Albert Lea; his children, Kevin (Rhonda) Miller, Scott (Jackie) Miller, Bruce (Shawna) Miller, Cheryl (Scott) Overland, Carrie (Dan) Grove,  Chad (Stacia) Miller, and Dave (Crystal) Miller; grandchildren: Heather Miller, Ryan (Andrea) Miller, Nathan (Jessica) Miller, Tabatha (Marc) Morfitt, Tyneal (Ryan) Steele, Terin (Matt) Schumann, Jared (Jessie) Miller, Luke Miller, Derek (Kristin) Overland, Brandon Overland, Kayla Overland, Megan,  Hannah and Jeremiah Grove, Sydney, Jack, Allie and Avery Miller, and Lauren and Jacob Miller; 16 great grandchildren;   his sisters Char (Bob) Abraham and Joyce Pederson, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Maria Miller, Dennis (Julie) Gore, Sue (Bob) Julius, John Szymanowski, Sharon Gore-Zajicek and Sherry Gore-Brandt; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Gina, and brothers,  LeRoy and Ronald Miller.

In lieu of flowers memorials suggested to First Lutheran Church.



The service will be live streamed and be viewed below at about 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 29.  If you have trouble connecting, the service will be recorded and you it will be downloaded so you may view at a later time.

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August 28, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bonnerup Funeral Service
2210 East Main Street
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Funeral Service
August 29, 2020

10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
301 W Clark St
Albert Lea, MN 56007

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