Bruce Herrick

Bruce W. Herrick, age 77, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather (Pop) and great-grandfather (GG Bruce), died unexpectedly while vacationing in Barcelona, Spain on September 28, 2022.
Born October 28, 1944, in Hudson, New York to Frank and Marie Herrick (deceased), he graduated from Schuylerville Central High School in upstate New York in 1962 and went on to the University of Maryland on an academic scholarship to graduate in 1966 with a Fire Protection Engineering degree.
For over 30 years, most of Bruce’s professional career was in New York City before moving to Michigan from Pennsylvania. He was CEO and President of Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company in Lansing from 1997-2007, further serving on the Board of Directors until 2010. Prior to moving to Michigan, he was CEO and President of American Reliance Company in New York City as well as working for ISO.
Bruce embraced his move to Michigan and became active with many community organizations and charitable events, including, but not all, MSU Spartan Marching Band for Kids Concert, MSU’s Women Working Wonders and eight years of service on the Sparrow Hospital Foundation Board.
On July 19, 2008, he married Saundra (Sandy) Verlinde, sharing 14 years of marriage and together traveled the world following Bruce’s passion of photography, especially animals large and small. His travels took us to almost 75 countries and six continents to capture the perfect photo. From his favorite place on earth, Africa to photograph the “big five”, to jaguars in South America, orangutans in Borneo, polar bears in Canada, gorillas in Rwanda, kangaroos in Australia, to just the geese in our backyard, his love of nature and travel was insatiable. He also loved family, reading, hunting, fishing, golf, and although not his alma mater, anything MSU!
Bruce leaves behind his loving children: Kimberly from Queensbury, New York, Bruce Jr. (Claudia Mitchell) of Cumming, Georgia, Taylor of Queensbury, New York, Brian and John of Durham, North Carolina, Matthew of Los Angeles, California, Jacquelyn Arenas (Efren) of Austin, Texas, and Michael of Millsboro, Delaware; grandchildren: Sofia, Austen and Dylan of Austin, Texas; sister, Kathy McLoughlin (Bob) of Jericho, Vermont and two nephews.
From Sandy’s Michigan family he leaves behind his stepdaughter and stepson, Suzanne Howell-Neuhaus (Paul) and John Verlinde (Mary) from Dimondale; grandchildren: Breezy Prickett (Michael Keyes) of Owosso, Jaren Howell (Chelsea) of Webberville, Chase Howell (Lindsay Goodrich) of Novi, Shelby Johnson (Matt) of Mason, Jaci Howell (Ivan Camacho) of Jaco, Costa Rica, Milo Verlinde of Lansing, Harley and Jack Neuhaus of Dimondale; great grandchildren, Bryce and Milynn of Owosso and Camila of Costa Rica.
Persons wishing to make donations in Bruce’s name please consider the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA, World Wildlife Fund or your local humane society.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the Country Club of Lansing, 2200 Moores River Drive, Lansing. The family is being served by the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Holt Chapel.