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Miller Funeral Home and Crematory

After serving in World War II, Wallace Miller returned home and opened the first Miller Funeral Home in Columbia Heights, MN. In 1969, he expanded his business and opened the Miller Funeral Home-Fridley Chapel located at 6210 Highway 65 in Fridley. He again expanded his business in 1975 by purchasing the Brighton Funeral Home in New Brighton, MN and the Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home in Anoka, MN.

After his death in 1985, the funeral homes were operated by Wallace’s son, Kim Miller, and daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Daniel DeShaw. After the death of Wallace’s wife, Mary, in 1993, their children separated the businesses. Kim purchased the Miller Funeral Home-Fridley Chapel; Joyce and Daniel purchased the Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home in Anoka. The other locations were purchased by the Methven-Taylor group of funeral homes and were no longer under the ownership or affiliated with the Miller family in any way…a fact that remains true today.

In 2010, Kim Miller retired from funeral service and sold the Miller Funeral Home-Fridley Chapel to his brother-in-law, Daniel DeShaw, and his partner, Tom Vertin. In 2015, the partners expanded the business and opened Choice Cremation-Miller’s on University in Fridley. They also own and operate Choice Crematory, an onsite crematory which ensures that families who choose cremation can have the peace of mind in knowing their loved one never leaves the care of the trusted ownership and staff of Miller Funeral Homes.


Miller's on University

In 2015, Choice Cremation – Miller’s on University opened its doors at 7398 University Ave NE in Fridley. Licensed by the State of Minnesota and staffed by licensed funeral directors who specialize in cremation, this location primarily hosts arrangements, gatherings and celebrations for individuals and families who choose cremation. A spacious and bright interior, contemporary selection room and a reception area with caterer’s kitchen make this a comfortable and convenient choice. At times and by appointment, families who call on Miller Funeral Home for the care of their loved one may also meet with their funeral director at this location.


Whether you choose Miller Funeral Home-Fridley Chapel on Highway 65 NE, or Choice Cremation-Miller’s on University on University Ave NE, you can be assured that you’ll be served with the same tradition of excellent care that began when Wallace Miller opened his very first funeral location. We are proud to continue the Miller legacy, honored to serve families at their greatest time of need, and grateful for the loyalty of those who entrust their loved ones to our care.

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