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Richard J. Miles

Des Moines

Richard Joseph Miles was born on March, 23, 1974 in Forest City, IA. He went on to attend Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and attended Drake University before entering military service in 2002. After his service with the Army, Richard attended Iowa State University, studying physics and astronomy.

Richard Miles was a warm, positive and service oriented person. He always sought to help others even if that help meant putting himself in harm's way. Richard was a long time member of the science presentation team at the Science Center of Iowa where he shared his deep interest in science, especially astronomy, with thousands of visitors. He was joyful when he could share his love of science with young people.

Richard answered the call to serve his country in the Army after the 9-11 attacks. He served proudly and with distinction for four years earning the Army Commendation Medal for Leadership and Duty During Combat Operations, the Army Commendation Medal for Leadership at Fort Riley, the U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal for service from 2002 - 2005, and the Combat Action Badge from Operation Iraqi Freedom 2.

Richard's passion and universe was all about his children, Emmalynn and Zain. He will be remembered by his friends, family, co-workers, and all who he touched as a passionate educator, friend, son, brother and above all, an amazing father. He will be fiercely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of Richard's life Sunday, March 1st, from 5:00 - 7:00 at the Science Center of Iowa.

Contributions to support the continuation of Richard's work in astronomy education can be made to the Science Center of Iowa (

Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2015
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