Dale Miles, 79, of rural Marshall, MO, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at First Christian Church in Marshall, with Rev. Loy Hoskins and William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church or Dale Miles FFA Scholarship Fund in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com
Born May 22, 1934, in Herndon, MO, he was the son of the late Richard H. (Dick) Miles and Bertha Ann (Dolly) Wickliff Miles. He attended Elgin School for eight years and was a 1952 graduate of Marshall High School. While in high school, he was an active member of FFA holding many offices in the chapter, including president his senior year. Following his senior year, he served as a state vice-president for the Missouri FFA Association, and received his State Farmer and American Farmer degrees. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 at Gary, Indiana Missile Base. On April 5, 1959, he married Grace E. Opfer who survives of the home. Dale was active on many boards including: Saline County Fair Association, Elgin School board for 10 years, Marshall School board for 20 years, Federal Land Bank, and was an alternate or committee member of the Farm Service Agency becoming chairman in 2008. He was a member of First Christian Church where he served as a deacon and elder for many years. Dale was a lifelong farmer raising corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs and cattle, and had a passion for adopting new technology and soil conservation. He played and enjoyed baseball, softball and basketball most of his life.
In addition to his wife, Grace, survivors include two daughters, Annette Bishop and husband Dan of rural Marshall and Connie Kiburz and husband Doug of Sedalia, MO; one son, Brian Miles and wife Rachel of rural Marshall; eight grandchildren: Jordan Bishop, Shane Bishop, Alice Townsend and husband Matthew, Beth Kiburz, Luke Miles, John Miles, Ian Miles and Megan Miles; one brother, Dr. Delbert Miles and wife Marlene of Greeley, CO; one sister, Doris Ash and husband Butch of rural Marshall; as well as several nieces and nephews.