Bernard E. Miles, age 77, lifelong Gallatin County resident in the Eagle Creek Community passed on this life, September 14, 2017 in the Harrisburg Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Bernard was born on the family farm near where he lives today on August 20, 1940 to the late Bernard and Velma (McPherson) Miles. On September 24, 1960 he married the love of his life, Maggie (Thomas) Miles who survives.
Bernard worked over 20 years as a welder at Babcock and Wilcox in Mt. Vernon, IN, after that he worked several years at Inland Steel Coal Mine in McLeansboro and Long-Airdox in Norris City. He was an active member in the United Mine Workers Association.
He was a good ole country boy who loved being outside, raising goats, chickens, and gardening. He loved to take his grandkids fishing. One of his favorite things to do was hop in the car and go for Sunday drive. He always had a story or joke for you and will be remembered wearing his signature cowboy hat. Bernard was a good man, husband, daddy, papa, and friend and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife Maggie of Junction. 2 daughters, Shelia (Charles) Threet of Carrier Mills, Sheryl (Eddie) Edwards of Flora, IL, 2 brothers, Raymond (Nigel) Miles and Marvin (Linda) Miles both of Junction, Grandchildren, Brandon (Cheyenne) Edwards, Kendra (Aaron) Zirkelbach, Jeremy (Alexandra) Edwards and Great Grandchildren, Abby Koerber, Ethan Zirkelbach, Kyleigh Edwards, Rowan Edwards, Jace Engelmeier and Emmett Edwards.
There will be Memorial Gathering of Friends and Family on October 1, 2017 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway. The family will receive visitors from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. His burial will be private in Leamington Cemetery.