Ronald D. Miles, 84, of Battle Creek MI, departed this life on Monday, April 30, 2018.
Born in Menominee MI, 22 Feb 1924, and raised across the river in Potato Rapids, WI, Ron was the youngest and the last surviving of three children of the late Loren & (Hulda) Irene Nyquist Miles.
Ron was predeceased by his first wife, (Mary) Lois Morgan; daughter, Debra Jean Miles; grandson, Jeremy William Roberts & great-granddaughter, C.J. Buck.
Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Frida Herwarth Miles; sons, Jeff (Renee) Miles of Sparta, MI, & Dan (Pyong Ye) Miles of Woodbridge VA;
Daughter, Sue (Phil) Mains of Augusta, MI; Daughter-in-law, Pam (Scott) Graves of Grand Rapids, MI;
Step-son, Jeff (Sherrie) Roberts; Step-daughters, Catherine (Tim) Hughes, Sharon Wikoff, & Carole (Trevor) Wozny, all of Battle Creek.
Grandchildren: Chris (Robin) Buck, Cliff (Kat) Buck, Amanda (Nick) Watson, Heather (Mike) Rangel, Kristine (Alex) Tomlinson, Lisa (Walter) Seger, Brandy (Brad) Noel, Doug Mains, Courtney Miles, Sarah (Brian) Pesonen, Andrew (Savannah) Mains, Michelle Miles, Joshua Miles, Jeff (Ashley) Roberts, Jr., Stephen Wikoff, Nancy (David) Chee, Derek Roberts, Levi (Katie) Roberts, Katrina Christiansen, Eric Christiansen, James Wozny, and 24 great-grandchildren.
Ron served in the U.S. Army (stateside) during the Korean War; received his B.S. (1958) from Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Harvard Univ. Graduate School (Soil Mechanics 1968); Northeastern Univ. (Management Development 1981).
He began his engineering career at Shannon & Wilson Engineering, Seattle, WA. From there he worked for Canadian National Railway in Edmonton, AB, served as Chicago Division Engineer, GTWRR, in Battle Creek from 1968 – 1975, then back to CN in Winnipeg, MB, Montreal, PQ, and retired in 1990 as Chief Engineer, Prairie Region, Winnipeg. After his retirement from CN, he worked as consulting engineer for CANAC in Bolivia, then Stratford, Huron & Bruce Railway, Kincardin, Ontario; did contract work for Right-of-Way Consulting, Valparaiso, IN; then several years for Great Lakes Trackworks, Battle Creek, until health issues forced him to retire for good in 2005.
Ron served on church councils & youth groups wherever he lived and was a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved to travel, especially hunting and/or fishing trips with his grandsons and nephews and was a HUGE Green Bay Packer fan. He was fun-loving, yet disciplined. Whatever his involvement, he always gave it his all. He loved people and particularly enjoyed entertaining friends, family & co-workers with BBQ’s, holiday get-togethers, etc. He was well known for his homemade wine, his home-baked cinnamon swirl raisin bread, his huge vegetable & flower gardens and for helping friends & neighbors in any way he could.
In the last few years, while ambulatory, Ron was a good patient and appreciated every kindness. Bless his heart, he is now with Our Father – no more dementia, no more neuropathy!
As per his wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for his huge family & friends in June. Arrangements by: Royal Funeral Home…
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Shepherd’s Chapel, PO Box 416, Gravette, AR, 72736-0416, the daily Bible Study he enjoyed watching.