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Dale Miley

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MILEY, DALE, A resident of Edgewater, died on June 29, 2013 at the age of 96. Though diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago, he enjoyed excellent health until recent months. Dale was born on September 4, 1916 on Roaring Creek in Onego, West Virginia and was the eldest of six children. The family moved to Harrisonburg, VA in 1930. He attended Eastern Mennonite College and graduated with a BA degree from Bridgewater College.He later earned his Master of Arts in Economics from West Virginia University. Upon graduation from college Dale began teaching in a one room schoolhouse in West Virginia. In August 1941, he was employed by the War Department, U.S. Civil Service in Morgantown, W. Va. Though raised Mennonite, he volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy at the outbreak of WWII. After enlistment the U. S. Navy sent him to the Naval Supply Corps School at Harvard University. His other duty stations included Norfolk, VA, Jacksonville, FL and San Francisco, CA. He was later stationed in the Pacific theatre primarily with the 121st Construction Battalion (Seabees). He was based on the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Enewetak. While based in Tinian he witnessed the historic flight of the Enola Gay. Dale then served in the Naval Reserve and retired from the Navy in 1976. After WWII he worked at the Pentagon before becoming employed by the U. S. Federal Government, General Services Administration as an Economist until he retired in 1979. Upon retirement Dale enjoyed spending his summers boating and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay and his winters in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He was a member of Mayo American Legion Post #226 for over 65 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis. He is survived by his wife Ann (Nan) Miley to whom he was devoted for 65 years; his daughter Patricia (Pam) Cotter and her husband John of Arnold; his sister Ethel Bench of Harrisonburg, Virginia; brother Gar Miley and his wife Peggy of Harrisonburg, Virginia; Richard Miley of Roanoke, Virginia; his brother-in law John Kanagy and sister-in-law Christine Miley. He is also survived by seven nieces and three nephews. In addition to his parents Walter Miley and Effie Vance Miley, Dale was preceded in death by his sister Ruby Miley Kanagy and his brother Guy Miley. Dale was a quiet and gentle man, who was much beloved by all who knew him. Interment will be at the Veteran's Cemetery in Crownsville following a private service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the , 1041 Route 3 North, BLDG A, Gambrills, MD 21054. Online condolences may be made at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Maryland Gazette on July 7, 2013
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