Peter J. Miles, 80, Fargo, ND passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo. He was born on September 8, 1934 to Merle C. and Evelyn (Hooshagen) Miles in Grinnell, IA. He grew up in Clear Lake, IA where he graduated from high school. Following graduation, he went to the Tulsa Aeronautical School. In 1954, Pete enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a helicopter mechanic in the Korean War until 1957.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, he attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a degree in Industrial Arts. After graduating, Pete taught at a private Catholic School in Waterloo.
On June 28, 1958 he was united in marriage to Sandra Benjegerdes in Mason City, IA. They moved to Grand Forks in 1962 where Peter worked for Wausau Insurance. He was transferred to Fargo and the couple made their home and raised their children on the North Side. Peter then worked as an Aeronautical Mechanics Instructor at Kundert Aviation before being employed as the executive housekeeper at Dakota Hospital. He later owned and operated Aamco Transmissions and Interstate Battery. Before retiring in 1993, Peter was a realtor for a few years at Town and Country.
In his earlier years, Peter was very active in the FM Jaycees and served as the director of the Soap Box Derby. Many summers were spent with his family on Cotton and Pelican Lake where he greatly enjoyed sailing. Peter and Sandy also went on sailing trips to the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, and Maine. He was an avid Bison fan and not only had his house decorated, but wore yellow and gold every day of the football season.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandy; children, Maria Miles, Sabra Low, Karla (Tim) Haley; siblings, Jean Hopkins, Mary Mondale, Joseph (Judy) Miles; grandchildren, Ian Low and Nick Butze (Lesley Stoering); honorary son, Chris McIllwain; honorary daughter, Stacie Zeller; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Andy Haley.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all Peter’s nursing staff and caretakers.
Memorials preferred to the Fargo VFW Post #762.