Bruce A. Miller, 68, of Hayward, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in St. Paul.
Bruce was born Dec. 2, 1950, in Willmar, Minnesota, to Leoyd and Mildred (Wellbrock) Miller. He graduated from Brooten High School in 1968, and from the University of Minnesota-Morris, with a bachelor’s degree in 1974. In December 1974, he married Christine Fullerton. Their primary residence was Hayward, although they lived in other cities.
Bruce worked for many nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, NARAL Arizona, Common Cause, United Handicapped Federation, Midwest States Center, Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy, Cooperating Fund Drive and, most recently, Minnesota Farmers Union. He served on various boards such as the Women’s Environmental Institute, Grindstone Lake Foundation, Community Solutions Fund, Southside Family Charter School and the MN Film Board. He also managed many political campaigns and was active in politics.
During his tenure at the Minnesota Farmers Union, Bruce coordinated the Minnesota Cooks Program and produced the Emmy-award winning Farm Fresh Road Trips for public television. He was also an actor, appearing in major motion pictures and numerous independent films, commercials and music videos. He dedicated his life to progressive politics and social justice.
Bruce enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, fishing and traveling. He especially enjoyed all of the time spent at their cabin, “Flamingo Ridge,” on beautiful Grindstone Lake in the “deep dark woods” of Hayward. In addition, Bruce and Chris owned Sleeping Bear Coffee in Stone Lake for a number of years and enjoyed the many relationships built during this time.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Chris Fullerton, and seven siblings, Carol (Jerry) Bengtson of Chaska, Minnesota, Dean (Heide) Miller of Blaine, Minnesota, Duane Miller (Pat Wagenman) of Benson, Minnesota, Deb (Peter) Reutiman of Crystal, Minnesota, Joann (Kale) Kiyabu of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Marie (Tony) Halls of Brooten, Minnesota, and Glenn (Ann) Miller of Brooten; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, aunts and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leoyd and Mildred Miller, step-mother Deloris Wellbrock and infant brother and sister.
A celebration of life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Carpenters Union Hall, 710 Olive St. in St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family may be sent c/o MFU, 305 Roselawn Ave. East, #200, St Paul, MN 55117.