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.