Eric Richard Miles, 53 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Monday, May 19, 2014, at his home following an extended illness. He was born on November 18, 1960, in Aberdeen to Albert P. and Kathryn M. (Mayhew) Miles. He was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation.
Eric was raised and attended school in Hoquiam and graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1980. He then began working in area mills.
In 1984 he was married to JoAnn M. West in Aberdeen. They made their home in Aberdeen until 1998 when they moved to Hoquiam where they have since resided.
Eric worked as a mechanic for a local trailer service and then for MASCO from which he retired in 2012 due to his ill health.
He enjoyed going to the beach, watching stock car races at the Fairgrounds in Elma and was very artistic as revealed in his paintings.
Eric Miles is survived by his wife, JoAnn M. Miles of the Hoquiam family home; one son, Alec Ross Miles of Hoquiam; one daughter, Anna Joan Miles of Hoquiam; his brother and sister-in-law, Mitchell Dean and Shannon Miles of Orangevale, Calif.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joan and Pat Beaty of Aberdeen; his Tribal family members and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family requests donations are sent to the American Lung Association of Washington, 2625 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121-1200.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel with Rev. David Monsen officiating. The services will conclude at the chapel.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.