Funeral services for Jay Miles, of Pella and formerly Knoxville, were held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Lane Riggle, officiating. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the United States Army, the V.F.W. John Myers Post #3519 and the American Legion Baty-Tucker Post No. 168. Geoff Shultz, pianist shared “Amazing Grace” and “Old Rugged Cross”. Casket bearers included: Randy Roberts, Terry Edwards, Jim Hicks, Ryan Roberts, Mike Cunningham and Mark Raymie.
Jay John Miles was born November 13, 1931 in Knoxville, Iowa the son of Harry and Helen (Miller) Toy.
He graduated from Knoxville High School with the Class of 1950. After high school, Jay worked for Pella corp. and then served in the United States Army, during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1954. Jay returned to Knoxville and enrolled at A.I.B., earning a degree in business and accounting. On September 14, 1958 he was united in marriage to Gloria Hoffman in Birmingham, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Jeffrey and Tracy. The couple then made their home in Knoxville and Jay worked for the State of Iowa as an insurance examiner. He worked for the State for many years and later worked as a contract examiner for Georgia, Kentucky and Oklahoma. He retired in 1998 and in 2007 he and Gloria moved to Pella.
During retirement years, Jay and Gloria enjoyed many winters in McAllen, Texas. Jay had also traveled throughout the United States on job assignments and took his family along when possible. He loved following politics on CNN and reading USA Today. He also attended political rallies every four years and met many candidates. Jay was an avid Hawkeye fan through thick and thin. Above all else, he was a loving and family oriented man.
Jay passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Pella Regional Health Center at the age of 81 years.