Robert Charles Miles, 88

Robert Charles Miles died June 2, 2014, at Pioneer Memorial Rest Homein Mullen. He was 88. He was born March 3, 1926, in Arnold, to Austin and Mae Lester Miles.. Robert lived two miles northeast of Brownlee, until 1938 when thefamily purchased the Higgins ranch southeast of Brownlee. Robert went to grade school in Brownlee and graduated from ThedfordHigh School in 1943. In the fall of 1944 he was drafted into the Army.He took his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, and spent a month at Fort Ord in California, before being shipped overseas in February 1945. He landed in Manila on the island of Luzan in the Philippines where hewas assigned to an ordinance company. After the war he was shipped to Korea as part of a medical hospital unit. Robert was honorably discharged from the Army in August of 1946. In 1951, Robert married Kathleen Shanley at St. Joan of Arc CatholicChurch in Brownlee. To this union three children were born, Marian, Colleen and Matthew. Robert and Kathleen ranched with Robert's parents until 1962 when theymoved south of Brownlee and went into ranching for themselves. Theyretired in 1991 and moved into Thedford. Robert was a loving husband and father and a good neighbor. He was generous with his time and possessions. He loved music and could often be heard whistling or singing. Robert was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the Lord's great outdoors. If something was broken, the grandchildrenwould say, "Grandpa will fix it." Robert served on the Brownlee and Thedford school boards, the NRD andASCS boards and was a KBR board director. Survivors include his wife Kathleen; children, Marian (Mark) Nutter of Thedford, Colleen Robb of Omaha, and Matt (Carmen) Miles of Brownlee; seven grandchildren, Tricia Buell, Michelle McIntosh, Mitch and JoelRobb, Michaela, Sarah and Kyra Miles; and 10 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials are suggested to the Thedford Volunteer Ambulance or PioneerMemorial Rest Home, Mullen.