Kent D. Miles, 69 - June 03, 2014Kent D. Miles, 69, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at his home from esophageal cancer.
A memorial service took place on Saturday, June 14, at the Tierrasanta Lutheran Church in San Diego.
Miles was born Jan. 1, 1945, at Aurora, IL, to Jack and Edith Miles. He was baptized at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Aurora on Oct. 26, 1947, and confirmed in 1959 at the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg.
At the age of 6, he moved to a farm in Gothenburg with his parents and sister.
He attended Valley School District 47, a one-room school house, through the eighth grade, and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1963. He then attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, from 1963 to 1964, where he was a member of the marching, pep and varsity bands.
Miles enlisted with the U.S. Navy in 1965, and served eight years on various ships including the USS Jason AR8 and USS Kitty Hawk CVA63, which included tours of duty to Vietnam in 1969. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 23, 1973, as 1st class petty officer (E-6).
Following his discharge, he was employed at San Diego Gas & Electric Company as an auxiliary engineer at South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, CA. From 1980 to 1988, he was the startup coordinator in generation engineering where he was on the design, construction and start up team for the Heber Binary Geothermal Power Plant in Imperial Valley, CA.
In 1988, her returned to the power plants as environmental specialist at the South Bay Power Plant and Encina Power Plant in Carlsbad, CA, retiring from SDG&E on June 1, 2001, and went to work at NRG Energy which owned the Encina Power Plant, then retiring from NRG in June of 2006.
While serving with the Navy, he met Karen Ekrem, and after a nine-month courtship, they were married on June 22, 1968. To this union, two children were born, Jeffrey John on Nov. 19, 1973, and Jennifer Karen on May 4, 1977.
Miles and his family became members of the Ascension Lutheran Church at Allied Gardens in 1977, where he served as president of the church council, Sunday School teacher, VBS leader and sang as a member of the choir. Their membership was then transferred to Tierrasanta Lutheran Church in 1993 where he was also involved in the choir, VBS and church council.
?He was also an involved parent with his children’s activities including soccer, church youth group and Christian Youth Theater and as a little league coach and Cub Scout den leader.
Miles and his family enjoyed summer vacations to Nebraska and Illinois as well as points in between, according to family members. They also enjoyed sailing their sail boat and camping at San Elijo State Beach each summer with a group of friends and extended family members.
During retirement, Miles and his wife enjoyed traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, the Holy Land, Egypt and Panama Canal, trips to the midwest and East Coast and spending three months at a time in their fifth-wheel RV at Gig Harbor, WA, visiting their daughter and granddaughter, family said.
He had become a docent on the aircraft carrier USS Midway Museum in 2008, which he much enjoyed, the family said. During his battle with cancer, he was continuously surrounded by friends and family while managing to keep his smile and upbeat, positive attitude during his journey.
Miles was preceded in death by: his son, Jeffrey in 2005.
Survivors include: his wife, Karen of San Diego; his daughter, Jennifer Miles of Port Orchard, WA; grandson, Cameron Miles of San Diego; granddaughter, Alexis Maule of Port Orchard; a sister, Karen (Bob) Allen of North Platte; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Tierrasanta Lutheran Church music program, 11240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Sand Diego, CA 92124; and the USS Midway Museum, www.midway.org/donate_now.