In Memoriam: Fr. Skip Miles
At Annual Council in October 2014, it was brought to my attention that much of the Diocese of Nebraska missed hearing about the passing of Fr. Skip Miles in December 2013. Fr. Skip was still “resident” in Diocese of Nebraska while he served in Wyoming and Colorado. His father and brother were also priests in the Diocese of Nebraska.
Skip’s brother, Fr. Tom Miles (now in Colorado), says that Skip was enthusiastic about pursuing Total Ministry in Nebraska. When he retired he carried it on in the small mission he and Gloria attended in Wyoming. “Personally, some of the closest times I had with my brother were as we had opportunities to minister together at diocesan functions. One of my favorite memories was when we crashed the banquet at Annual Council in Mitchell. We sang “I see by your outfit that you are a clergy….if you get an outfit you can be a clergy too.” We were always at our best when we were clowning.” Fr. Skip was also instrumental is the Cursillo Movement in the Panhandle in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
The official obituary follows:
Richard Frederick Miles, Jr.
(May 16, 1940 – December 5, 2013)
Richard Frederick Miles, Jr., known as “Skip” throughout his life, was born on May 16, 1940 in Omaha, NE. He passed away on December 5, 2013 at his home, surrounded by family & friends. Skip graduated from Kearney High School in 1958, the University of Nebraska in 1962, and entered Seabury-Western Seminary, graduating in 1965. He was ordained a Deacon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kearney, NE on June 9, 1965, and ordained Priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Plattsmouth, NE on December 17, 1965, where he served five years. Fr. Miles served 18 years at Grace Church in Chadron, NE, and moved to Valentine, NE in 1988. He retired in 1998 from St. John’s, Valentine, where he also served St. John’s in Cody and St. Joseph’s, Mullen. Skip married Lorraine DeBrie in 1962, they were divorced in 1988. He married Gloria (Goodrich) Bockman Dec. 26, 1989. Skip was preceded in death by his parents, The Rev. Richard F. & Ruth Miles, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, daughters Mary & Barbara, brother Tom (Susan) Miles, sister Elizabeth (Paul) Peister, step-children Darin (Betty) Bockman & Lori (Karl) Schmidt, grandchildren, nieces & nephews. A Celebration of Skip’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ft. Collins, CO, on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Church or Pathways Hospice.
– Kathy Graham