Jim was born on April 11, 1940, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to parents, Vera Belle and John B. Miles, M.D. He passed away on January 4, 2021, at 12:20 a.m.
Jim was raised in Anadarko, Oklahoma, along with his two brothers. After high school, he attended the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma University. He earned his degree in Chemistry with minors in social studies and biology. He also earned a teaching degree.
In June of 1960, he married his love and best friend, Linda Rogers Miles. Together they raised three sons.
Jim’s first job, which he loved, was with Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Illinois. He lived in Davenport, Iowa, for four years, and then his job took him to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and then on to Omaha, Nebraska. During those years, Jim was awarded National Sales Representative. In 1990, Jim was sent to Springfield, Missouri, with Ross Laboratories an Abbott subsidiary. He was with Abbott for 38 years, retiring in 2002.
Jim was an avid sports fan. Anything Oklahoma Sooners! He had an uncanny ability of being able to remember scores and plays from 20, 40 years prior with such vivid detail that you would wonder if it had just occurred. Jim never met a stranger and would often return from an errand having met someone and discovered they had a mutual connection. He was quick witted and often thought he was so funny that he himself would have to chuckle. He never took the same road twice and had more ways to go to a single destination than anyone knew was possible.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John B. and Vera Belle Miles of Anadarko. He is survived by Linda, his beloved wife of 60 years. His three sons, their wives and his grandchildren, Drs. Clay and Laura Miles – Sydney and Paige Miles, Mitchell and Dana Miles – Jacob, Katherine, Courtney and Adam Fuller and Wyatt Miles, Rob and Ginger Miles – Jake and Joe Miles. His two brothers, Betty and John Miles and Kelley and Dr. Bob Miles. His brother-in-law, Corinne and Bill Rogers, who would often be found at the ball games with him. Bill has given countless assistance these last several years and will always be appreciated.
Due to COVID, there will be no formal funeral service. We hope to be able to celebrate Jim’s life at one of Jim and Linda’s famous Fourth of July parties. The family appreciates all of your prayers and support and a big thank you for many years of friendship.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Red Cross or University of Oklahoma – Sooners Helping Sooners would be appreciated.
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