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Quentin C. (QC) Miles of Watertown, SD passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on June 20, 2018, at Prairie Lakes Hospice in Watertown. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Watertown. Father Michael Wensing will officiate. Music will be provided by Jane Rokusek as organist with Blaine Martian and Mary Lou Miles as soloists. The family is requested to meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. for a prayer service.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. with a Scripture Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Burial will be at the St. Boniface Cemetery in Clark, SD. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Cagley-Smith Post #60 of the American Legion of Clark and the Funeral Honors Team of the SD Army National Guard. Pallbearers will be Quentin’s granddaughters: Angela Miles, Jenny Riggins, Kelly Hanson, Molly Hanson, Kylene Miles, Claire Miles and Madeline Miles.
QC was born on August 28, 1921, in rural Turton, SD, to Bertha and John Miles. His 55 year teaching career began in a one room country school, where 2 of his 15 students were older than their teacher.
In 1942, QC volunteered for service in World War II as an Army Air Corps pilot, where over a three year period he flew 172 combat missions in China in a Stinson L-5, and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, and two Air Medals. His 2nd DFC was pinned on his uniform by General Claire Chennault, Commander of the famed 14th Air Force Flying Tigers.
After the war, QC returned to teaching and married Lila Remily, a beautiful French girl who was born within a few miles of his own birthplace. Over the next four decades, QC established a solid reputation as one of South Dakota’s premier leaders in the field of public education. He taught mathematics and chemistry and coached basketball. He was Superintendent of Schools at Gann Valley, Forestburg, McIntosh, Mellette, and Clark. After he “semi-retired,” he continued his educational career at Henry and St. Lawrence Catholic School in Milbank, SD.
His civilian honors include: the South Dakota High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award (1988), South Dakota Coaches Hall of Fame (1992), and a longtime member of the Board of Control of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.
QC and Lila raised a family of 11 children: James (Kathy) Miles of Sioux Falls, SD, Pat (Karen) Miles of Sacramento, CA, Mary Miles of Portland, OR, John Miles of Watertown, SD, Mike Miles of Watertown, SD, Maureen Miles of Cedar Rapids, IA; Terry Miles (Mary Deborah Tornow) of Isle, MN: Mark (Jane) Miles of Grand Rapids, MI, Myra (Jeff) Maxwell of Edmond, OK, Casey Miles of Mesa AZ, and Marta (Troy) Huls of Sioux Falls, SD. They took great pride in their 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
QC is survived by two brothers: Norbert/Tip (Alyce) Miles of Sioux Falls, SD and Jerome (Lou) Miles of Round Hill, VA. He was preceded in death by his wife Lila; sisters May (Al) Engdahl and Dorothy (Milo) Nelson; and brothers Dick (Dorothy) Miles and Don (Ann) Miles.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Prairie Lakes Hospice in Watertown, SD.