1/12/1923 – 1/20/2014 Richard Charles Miles was born in Basalt, Bingham County, Idaho. His parents, Arthur William Miles and Ida Jane Neibaur Miles, moved to Goshen, Idaho, from Utah in the early 1900s to homestead and raise a family. Richard spent his childhood in southeast Idaho. He attended school in Goshen and Shelley.
A veteran of World War II, Richard attended Army Basic Training and communications school at Fort Hood, Texas, serving as a radioman with the 22nd Field Artillery 1st Cavalry Division.
During the battle for the Philippines, Richard received a Bronze Star for his participation in the initial landing operations on the island of Leyte and adjoining islands. During the Japanese occupation, he was stationed in Tokyo. After his enlistment, he moved to Blackfoot and worked at Hughes Chinchilla Ranch.
From 1952 to 1972, he lived in Idaho Falls. He excelled in photo processing and became a master printer while working for Phillips Petroleum Company, a contractor for the Atomic Energy Commission.
In 1972, he accepted a position in the graphic arts department for the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio in Monterey, Calif. This institution is the foreign language training facility for the Department of Defense. In this position, Richard supervised the drafting and design of language training manuals and incorporated new processes in digital printing systems. While working in this position, Richard continued his education and received his Associate of Arts degree in business from Monterey Peninsula College. He received numerous commendations and the admiration of his managers and co-workers.
Richard was a polite and kind man who was known for his quick wit and humor. He was always with tune, be it song or a whistle. He was an avid fisherman, gardener and woodworker. His joy was turning a piece of birch into a treasure.
On hearing of his passing, his physician of many years stated, "I enjoyed the years I knew Mr. Miles. He was a good patient with just the right amount of cantankerousness!" For us who knew him, that just about sums it up! He is survived by his wife, Shegiko Miles of San Francisco; sister, Wilma (Mart) Madsen of Idaho Falls; sister-in-law, Norma Miles of Shelley; son Richard M. Miles of Crescent City, Calif.; daughters, Nancy C. Kelley of Madison, Ala., Patricia S. (Gene) Hall of Tucson, Ariz., Roxanne (Jim) Long of Lynchburg, Va., and Kelly J. (Yoshi) Daikoku of San Francisco; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Our father's wish is to honor our veterans by supporting the development of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery located in Fort Ord. To help with this development, please contact the Veterans Administration or visit www.CCCVC.com and show your support.