ONALASKA — Albert “Bert” Louis Miller, 91, of Onalaska died peacefully at home surrounded by family Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Bert was born in La Crosse, June 29, 1926, to Albert and Ida (von Rohr) Miller. He attended Campus School and graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1944. Immediately after graduation he proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a radio operator on the USS Kane in the South Pacific during World War II. He graduated from UW-Madison, with a degree in business after the war.
Bert married Beverly Sprain Dec. 22, 1948, and together they raised seven children. She preceded him in death Feb. 25, 1984. He married Sharon Hulse Nov. 9, 1985.
As a businessman, Bert was the third generation to operate the family business The Miller Broom Company, until the early 1960s. His love of the area and entrepreneurial spirit then led him to establish the Miller Dredging Company. With his hard work ethic, he dredged and created several lasting legacies to La Crosse, known today as Lauderdale, Nakomis and the Bridgeview Plaza area.
Bert had a passion for the outdoors all of his life; working outside, hunting, fishing, golfing and enjoying the beauty of nature, always with one of his faithful Labradors by his side. He and Sharon enjoyed traveling the world together and always planning their next adventure. His greatest joy was his family and bringing them all together, especially at Christmas time and for an annual 4th of July celebration at the cottage in Minocqua, Wis. What an example of how to live a good life!
Bert was a man of faith, a life-long member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, having served as treasurer and on various church boards.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children, Lynn (Ronald) Drecktrah of Wausau, Steven (Raeone) Miller of Aptos, Calif., Susan (Kenneth) Pinski of La Crosse, Ann Miller of Madison, Wis., Karen (Jorge) Ruiz of Wausau, Christine Miller of Madison, John Miller of Annapolis, Md.; grandchildren, Karl (Jessica) Drecktrah, Kristin (Ivan) Paz, Ryan (Nicole) Heiser, Avery (Kona) Miller, Ashley (Lindsey) Miller, Ross (Renee) Pinski, Mark (Cortnee) Pinski, Ann Dolphin, Amy (Zafer) Gurel, Joseph Ruiz, Jacob (Bianca) Ruiz, Rachel (Andrew) Boersma, Sophia, Ella and Hailey Miller; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-la, Yvonne Gilster of West Salem and Sharon Sprain of Onalaska; and many nieces and nephews. Bert is further survived by his wife, Sharon’s children, Julie (Paul) Hatlem of La Crescent, Minn., Kurt (Jeanne) Hulse of Onalaska, Wendy (Rick) Lommen of Onalaska; grandchildren, Kyle, Garrett and Calvin Hulse and Lauren, Claire and Tyler Lommen.
He was predeceased by sisters, Charlotte Woods and Ruth Olsson; and brothers-in-law, Allen Sprain, Robert Gilster, Harry Woods and Wilfred Olsson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 West Ave. S., La Crosse. Pastor Richard Pamperin will officiate. Visitation will be beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their gratitude for the wonderful care received by the Gundersen Health System and for the support of the Hospice Program, which allowed Bert to be home to make the most of his time with his family.
Memorials may be directed to First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.