George Edward Miles Jr.
George Edward Miles Jr., 88, of La Crosse passed away peacefully at 3:30 AM on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse. A Celebration of Life will be held on September 2, 2023 at the American Legion Post # 336, 731 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska, WI. The celebration will begin at 12:00 PM and go until 4:00 PM, with military honors at 12:30 PM.
George was a wise loving father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend. George was born to George Edward Miles Sr. and Pheobe Elizabeth Ellifson on September 26th, 1934. His home town of Black River Falls, WI is where he grew up and played sports and was honored as All Conference in Football.
After graduating from Black River Falls High School, George enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and served as a radioman aboard the USS Dash MSO-428, a 172 ft long wooden Ocean Minesweeper off the coast of Korea. During his time in the service he spent time in San Diego, CA where he attended San Diego State University. After his enlistment he moved to La Crosse and served in the Naval Reserves and married wife, Patricia Johnson “Pat”. Together for 66 years, they had 3 children: George “Jay”, Linda and Michael.
Before George and Pat had children they enjoyed their motor boat. George enjoyed water skiing, while Pat enjoyed wildly driving the boat and trying to ditch him.
George was a man ahead of his time with respect to being a good husband and a great father. He lived and taught us kids generosity, honesty, kindness, and the importance of having a good sense of humor, through his example. His family and friends have many fond memories, of sitting around the table eating delicious meals, sharing stories and laughing at bad jokes. Dad was always there for us kids, but he also let us make our own mistakes and prepared us well to learn from them. If Dad was guilty of any excessive behavior, it would have been that he put us kids ahead of himself to much.
George had stong principles, and was very loyal to friends and family. He was intelligent and practical, and had a great sense of humor. He was very down to earth and a great role model to his kids.
He was a Packers, Bucks, Brewers and Badger fan, but he was a bigger fan of his children’s participation in sports and other activities. So much so, that he choose a career that granted him the flexibility to attend all of their event. Dad and Mom had great friends and it was fun for us kids to be around them. Dad and Mom gave us kids a great childhood.
George has held a diverse collection of jobs throughout his life. In high school he worked part-time with his brother Bud for an undertaker. After serving in the Navy he worked as a milkman, and bartender. While working at Trane Company he attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute(WWTI) and became a draftsman and then went to work for the Cooler Company where he took more classes in accounting at WWTI and moved into management, and with his friend Rich Maringer started the Cooler Company Credit Union. He worked for Badger Corrugating Company, and then worked many years for the Wisconsin Credit Union League as a Regional Consultant, which could be described as a financial jack of all trades who traveled Wisconsin to serve and assist credit unions throughout the state. Next he became the president of Community Credit Union for many years, and finally finished out his career working as vice-president of Heritage Federal Credit Union.
In retirement George and Pat became snowbirds and would migrate from Wisconsin to Arizona in the winter and back to Wisconsin for spring, summer, and fall. This allowed them to spend time with their daughter Linda, son-in-law Mike and grand kids Nick, Zakk, and Miles. Son’s Mike and Jay took turns helping with the driving on the enjoyable road trips there and back. After multiple years, in which they bought, fixed up and sold two different manufactured homes in Arizona, the road trips ended.
George was a gentle man, but he was also strong. He battled multiple myeloma for decades, which very few people knew. After his beloved wife Pat passed away a year ago, the battle with multiple myeloma finally came to an end. He spent his final weeks in the company of family and friends, free of pain, recalling good times, and still finding the joy of humor that was a big part of who George Miles was.
George is Survived by his Sons, George Miles III “Jay” and Michael Miles; Daughter, Linda Montgomery (Michael); Grandsons, Nick Culpitt (Jessica Koenen), Zachary Montgomery, Miles Montgomery (Jocelyne), and Michael Miles; Granddaughter, Madison Miles; Great Granddaughters, Jordynn Culpitt, Keira Culpitt, Adelyn Montgomery; and many loved nieces and nephews.