James Richard Giles, 72, known as "JR" of Thedford, passed away at his home Monday, March 4, 2013.
He was born July 9, 1940 to Grover Stanley (Dode) and Alice Aydelotte Giles on the family farm in rural Cherry County in the hay mow as the roof of the house was being rebuilt that summer. A neighborhood woman served as mid-wife, as there were no roads or doctors.
He was home schooled until 3rd grade, then attended country school until 8th grade. He then attended Mullen High School graduating in May 1957.
He married Linda Hughes in June of 1962. To this union three children were born: Mallory Lancen, Michael Darien, and Joan Elizabeth. They later divorced.
JR worked on farms, highway construction, in the oil fields, and on the gas pipeline construction. It was here he learned the trade of welding.
In 1965, he went to work for Mallory Sand & Gravel in Thedford until 1990, when he bought the business and operated G3 until his death.
During his life, JR had many interests. He loved to read and was always interested in history. He also enjoyed cars and working on engines. He had a knack for rebuilding engines. JR also had interests in tractor pulls and guns and he was an avid supporter of the NRA. You could always find JR at the shop working on a project or repairing a piece of equipment or at home with a book in hand or the history channel on. JR also had a soft heart for animals and adopted many pets. One of his favorites was Chico.
JR was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Stanley and Joe; and his niece Shelby Grace.
Surviving him are his sister, Patricia and brother, David (Laura); his children, M Lance, Michael, Joni Horst (Clay); five grandchildren, Damian, Darien, DeNae, Savanna, and Nathan; close friends, Dan Wadas and Kort Hamilton, and many nephews, nieces and friends here in the Sandhills.
A celebration of life will be held June 15, 2013, at 4:30 pm MDT at the Seneca Auditorium. Memorials may be sent to the Thomas County Historical Society, Seneca Cemetery, Thedford Cemetery, or Thomas Cunty Fair Board.
JR will be greatly missed for his wisdom and practical approach.
Arnold and Mullen Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief March 14, 2013