James "JR" Giles, 72

James Richard “JR” Giles, 72, of Thedford, passed away at his homeMonday, 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 third 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 childrenwere born: Mallory Lancen, Michael Darien and Joan Elizabeth. They laterdivorced. J.R. worked on farms, highway construction, in the oil fields, and onthe 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 alwaysinterested 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 ofequipment 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 hisfavorites was Chico. JR was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Stanley andJoe, and his niece Shelby Grace. Surviving him are his sister, Patricia; brother, David (Laura); hischildren, M. Lance, Michael and 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 June 8, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. MDT at the Seneca Auditorium. Memorials are suggested to the Thomas County Historical Society, Seneca Cemetery, Hillcrest Cemetery in Thedford, or the Thomas County Fair Board. JR will be greatly missed for his wisdom and practical approach. Arnold and Mullen Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, June 6, 2013