Eugene L. Miles Jr., manufacturers' representative, dies

He was a veteran of World War II

  • Eugene "Budd" Miles
Eugene "Budd" Miles
February 14, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Eugene Langrall Miles Jr., a retired manufacturers' representative and World War II veteran, died Feb. 8 of a cardiac arrest at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 88.

Mr. Miles was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park and Homeland. After graduating from Loyola High School in 1939, he earned a degree in history in 1943 from Loyola College.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and entered the V-7 officers training program as a "90-day wonder" at Columbia University in New York City.

After graduating as an ensign, he began his naval career aboard a control vessel at the entrance to Galveston, Texas. He was later assigned to No. 432, a minesweeper that had been built in New York City, whose mission was to keep the New York Harbor Channel free of any enemy mines.

Mr. Miles ended his naval career at Solomons Island Naval Research Center, where his vessel was in charge of sweeping for mines in the Chesapeake Bay. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1946.

After the war, he worked in sales for Yankee Engineering and Davidson Chemical Co. before earning his real estate license and working for O'Conor, Byrnes & Flynn.

From the early 1970s until retiring in the mid-1990s, Mr. Miles was a manufacturers' representative, selling cranes, conveyor belts, pneumatic tubes and storage systems.

In his retirement, Mr. Miles, a former Northwood and longtime Village Green resident in the Riderwood neighborhood of Baltimore County, worked part time in sales for Miles Appliance Sales & Service in Shrewsbury, Pa., which is owned by a son.

Since 2005, he had lived at St. Elizabeth Hall Apartment for seniors at Stella Maris in Timonium. He was an avid Baltimore Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan. He also liked following collegiate sports.

Mr. Miles enjoyed playing golf at Pine Ridge and traveling.

His wife of 65 years, the former Anne Noeth, died last year.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at Stella Maris in Timonium.

Surviving are three sons, Eugene L. Miles III of Towson, Gerard F. Miles of Cockeysville and William N. Miles of Shrewsbury; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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