Russell Miller, 52

Russell “Russ” Neil Miller, 52, of Howard Lake, MN, passed away in his sleep early Monday, May 22, 2023, at Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

Russ was born Jan. 29, 1971, at Buffalo Hospital in Buffalo, MN, the son of Rodney and Katherine (Schibonski) Miller.

Russ and Beverly (Heimerl) Miller were joined in marriage Oct. 12, 1991, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN. They were blessed with 31 years of marriage.

Russ was a proud dairy farmer who started Dutch Lake Dairy with the support of his loving wife. He was dedicated to his cows and to his fields. When Russ was not tending to his animals, he loved to fish, hunt, and be with his family.

Russ suffered from a brain aneurysm Thursday evening, April 27, that led to a stroke. He was seen at the Buffalo emergency room and then transferred to an intensive care neurology unit at Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis.

Above all things, Russ was a family man. He was devoted to his wife, children, and to his faith in our Lord. When there was free time, Russ spent every moment he could outside enjoying the Lord’s creation.

On weekends, the family got together to enjoy beers on the deck, campfires, and brewery hopping. The whole family was competitive and loved to throw bean bags, play cards, and roll dice. Russ found joy being with his family, and he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving family: wife, Beverly; children, Tyler (Kelli), Abigail (Adam) Fischer, and Maggie (fiancé: Andrew Krause); granddaughter, Marcella; parents, Rodney and Katherine; siblings, Greg (Nancy), Pam (Dean) Zierden, Sandi (Dan) Pomije, and Brad (Jill); father-in-law, Dennis Heimerl; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rose Heimerl, Ryan (Angie) Heimerl, and John (Dayna) Heimerl; and many nieces and nephews, as well as countless friends and hunting partners. 

Russ will be joining our Lord in Heaven with his grandparents and mother-in-law in God’s paradise.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. James Lutheran School, 1000 6th Ave., Howard Lake, MN 55349, for the general spending fund.

Visitation took place Thursday, May 25, 2023 at St. James Lutheran Church from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A prayer service started at 7 p.m. (1000 7th Ave., Howard Lake).

A funeral service will take place Friday, May 26, 2023. Visitation will start at 10 a.m, with the funeral service at 11 a.m. Lunch will be in the St. James Lutheran School Gym to follow burial (1000 6th Ave, Howard Lake).

Arrangements are by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, MN www.swansonpeterson.com 320-543-3401

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