Irwin “Ike” Eugene Miles, husband, devoted father, constant flirt, athlete, coach, undertaker, veteran, and master electrician died on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the age of 94.
Ike was born at home. He was delivered into this world by Doctor Eugene Krohn on October 6, 1926, just a few years before the Great Depression and during a time when horses and cars shared the road. He lived through a World War, served as an airman in Korea. He married a sweet girl from the east side of town and had three children, who he was devoted to. He only married once and stayed that way for 67 years. He preferred Bing Crosby over the Beatles. Drove ambulance and worked as a funeral director. He saw a man walk on the moon. Celebrated five Lombardi-era Packer championships, owned his own electrical business, and coached a state championship hockey team. He never used a computer. He never spent a day in the nursing and died surround by his wife and children remembering and retelling stories.
He hated vegetables and hypocrites. He was a principled man. If something was wrong, he sought to fix it. Frustrated with the Park Board and property tax increases, he ran for city alderman. And while he did not save his beloved public pool or cut taxes, he found satisfaction in frustrating everyone else on the city council. He didn’t buy into the idea of inflation and could never understand how a cup of coffee should cost more than 75 cents. He never owned a new car until he was in his 80s and then proceeded to purchase four in six years. He couldn’t understand long hair on a boy and hated it when a player spiked the football after a touchdown.
He was a warm and big-hearted man. His hugs and “I love yous” came easily, but mostly he showed his love in acts of service. He wired all his kids’ houses, would unexpectedly wash your car, fix your lamp, or drop everything if you needed help. He was a founding member of Black River Falls Youth Hockey Association. He and a few other guys built the original outdoor hockey rink. He stayed up late and flooded the ice, painted the lines, and shuttled kids back and forth to practices and games.
Ike loved to tell stories and had a knack for adjusting or embellishing details to entertain his audience. And now that he has passed, his spirit is carried forward in the memories and stories retold by his wife Rita, his three children Michael (Susette Moldenhauer), Mary (John Aschenbrenner), and Erik (Becky Ward), his six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Ike will be Thursday August 12, 2021 at 11:30 AM at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 115 N. 5th St., in Black River Falls. Pastor Jenny Hatleli will officiate with burial including Full Military Honors immediately following the service at Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call on the family during a Visitation at the Church from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the service on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are preferred.
The Buswell Funeral Home, 106 S. Second St., in Black River Falls is serving the family. (715) 284-2231.