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Bruce A. Miller

May 24, 1940 — December 10, 2022

Bruce A. Miller, 82, of Moline, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2022, at UnityPoint Health Trinity, Rock Island.

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, and inurnment will take place at Moline Memorial Park at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Bruce was born on May 24, 1940, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Evar L.S. and Alice (Hayden) Miller. He married Rosemary Reed on September 1, 1962, in Rochelle, Illinois. She preceded him in death on September 6, 1987. Bruce was previously employed at the former Montgomery Elevator as an Application Engineer.

Survivors include his sons, Steven (JáNet) Miller, Keith Miller; grandson, Kieran Miller; brother, Evar L. Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Memories may be shared on the tribute wall.

From Keith: Don't worry!  I'm fine and everything will be okay. My father passed this morning, and I have a strange request for all who read this. Dad was a very private man with few friends and only a couple more surviving relatives. As such, I had this strange idea. One way that I could thank my father and honor his memory would be to ask all of you (whoever you may be, this is facebook after all) to simply take the four minutes or however long it is, to go to youtube and listen to the old classic: Frank Sinatra singing My Way. It was Dad's favorite song (he used to love music back in the day) and he said that he wanted it played when he passed. I will try to add a link but I don't do technology and I'm not necessarily in the best frame of mind to figure it out.      Grab a kleenex listen and then engage in some healthy introspection. For those of you who made it this far and listened to the song I thank you for your time.  If you don't really know me or care to listen to a grieving son ramble on, please feel free to stop reading now and be blessed.....For those still reading I will try to make this brief and chaotic.  If you know me, you know that I tend to look deeply into things, over-analyze and generally overthink - just grin and bear with me. I had to read the lyrics as I listened to the song and I thought....Am I living my life my "way"? Or what do I want my "way" to be...And of course then the free association starts and here we go...My "way" is not about "me".  We need to realize that our entire existence is symbiotic with everything else.  We are so wrapped up in ego that we forget the old analogy that states we are individual and unique fingers but the hand/life we share is the same . The "way" should strive to achieve what does the greatest good for the most people with the least possible negative impacts. Currently society is FUBAR because we are out of balance with the "way."   Collectively we have been taught to believe that if somebody with less than us starts moving up the ladder, we will move down.  As long as we are okay all is well with the world. It just doesn't work that way. We have been taught that in order to feel powerful or victorious we need to wield control over others or "win" / get rich etc. In order for us to feel good others have to feel bad. Society is changing, people are waking up and it is time for all of us to do some introspection and figure out where we stand and what our "way" forward will be. There is no real "right or wrong" but there are choices and goals to be worked for and, of course, penalties to be paid for bad decision.     If you take partisan politics, political ambition, corporate greed,  rabid nationalism and religious fundamentalism out of things, most choices are pretty simple. And as such the answers aren't that hard to find.    (Almost finished. Just a brief view of what a potential future "way" could be) People want to be happy, free and fully self actualized. Provided it harms none they should have the right to do that. All humans (regardless of age, race, gender, nationality, sexual preference, or religion are unilaterally equal.)  Women - just like men - should have full and complete bodily autonomy.  They should dress as they like and have complete and sole control of if, and/ or when they want to start a family.  God doesn't care if you believe or how you pray or love.  You are loved and accepted just the way you are. Politics shouldn't be about power and control, it should be about looking out for the best interests of the people, not making money or securing corporate profits. Life is simple, but not easy...Religions and organizations have commandments and rules to follow. (Opinions and ideas all.) here are my current values and five guidelines as I attempt to find "My Way" in what life I have left. Values:  Truth, Beauty, Love, Light (i.e. all that is good) Guidelines:  >Walk gently on the earth  >Do no harm  >Be Nice (i.e.- don't do to others that which you don't want done to yourself)  >Do Good   >Have Fun Thanks for reading, have a blessed life and remember "All is one, and love is all."  Now go out and live life your way.

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