Larry Lorraine Miles, 75, of Elgin, Iowa died Monday, September 11, 2017 at his home in Elgin, Iowa. Larry was born November 9, 1941 to Virgil and Elna (Robinson) Miles in Aurora, Iowa. He graduated from Valley High School in 1959. After graduation, Larry joined the United States Navy in 1960 and proudly served until 1962 as a first-aid attendant in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Vietnam, Guam, Hawaii and Hong Kong. He was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Bay of Pigs. Larry later served in the Naval Reserve.
Larry was united in marriage with Marcia Dennler on March 9, 1974. Two daughters were born to this union, Sherri Lynn and Kristi Ione
As a young man he began working at Falb Implement in the parts department, later moving to Standard Oil delivering LP gas. He also worked for Fauser Oil briefly before returning to Falb Implement as parts manager. He worked at Falb Implement for what would be a total of thirty-five years. Together with his wife Marcia, Larry farmed and raised cattle and hogs. In his retirement, he worked at ShaKerr Farms, assisting with farm work and attending to the hired families. Additionally, Larry spent time helping local Amish families with transportation to and from job sites.
Larry grew up attending the Illyria Church and later joined the Highland Lutheran Church. His greatest joy was being a grandpa. His grandchildren knew how proud he was of them. Larry eagerly looked forward to their visits and calls.
Larry is survived by his wife, Marcia Miles of Elgin, Iowa; two daughters, Sherri (Ron) Imoehl of West Union, Iowa and Kristi (Jeff) Shoultz of McKinney, Texas; five grandchildren, Madison, Brennan and Chase Imoehl and Jillian and Lauren Shoultz; sisters, Marilyn (Norm) Leeman and Julie (Rick) Myott; sister-in-law; Sandy Miles; brother-in-law, Clair Clubine; in-laws, Joel and Kathy Gabrielson and Dan and Sue Winter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Elna Miles; his brother, Randy Miles; his sister, Ann Clubine and mother and father-in-law, Albert and Ione Dennler.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 4-7 pm at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa and one hour before services at the church on Friday.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Highland Lutheran Church, rural Elkader, Iowa with Rev. David Coffin as the Officiant.
Burial will follow at Illyria Cemetery, rural Elgin, Iowa with Military Honors.
Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elgin, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.