By Jim Meridith
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  • Visitation

    Memorial Visitation:

    Monday, May 2, 2022

    2:00 to 4:00 pm

    Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

  • Service

    Memorial Service:

    Monday, May 2, 2022

    4:00 pm

    Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

  • Full Obituary

    Wayne L. Miles, 82, of Highland, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Highland Healthcare Center, with his wife by his side.

    Wayne was born, August 31, 1939, in Vandalia, IL, to Earl and Bernice (nee Gillespie) Miles.  He married Ruth Smith on January 3, 1957, in Ferguson, MO; and earlier this year, they celebrated 65 years of marriage.

    Wayne was a former Worshipful Master of the Marine Masonic Lodge, and member of the Highland Masonic lodge. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, the Ainad Shriner’s and Grantfork United Church of Christ.

    Wayne grew up and went to school in Greenville, IL, later moving to Troy, and then to Highland in 1993.  He spent his career as an owner/operator Truck Driver.  Wayne raced stock cars in the early 60’s at the Highland Speedway, being both an owner and a racecar driver.  He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and accomplished riding a motorcycle in all 50 states throughout the years.  An avid woodworker, Wayne created many items for family and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Bernice Miles; brother, Ulysses Miles, in infancy; niece, Tamie Miles.

    Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ruth Miles, Highland, IL; children, Sandy (Pete) Nissen, Highland, IL, Rick (Shari) Miles, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Tony (Lora) Miles, Highland, IL; grandchildren, Tyler Miles, Chase Miles, and Maci Miles; brother, Glen (Elizabeth) Miles; niece, Rhonda Brendel, nephews, Kurt Gruner and Karl Gruner.

    Memorial donations may be made to Burgess Cemetery Association or Madison Co. Humane Society.

    Memorial Visitation: Monday, May 2, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

    Memorial Service: Monday, May 2, 2022, 4:00 pm, Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

    Clergy: Rev. Tim Darmour-Paul, Pastor, Grantfork United Church of Christ.

    Interment: at a later date

    Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

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11 Condolences
  1. Marty P Gagliardi MD / April 28, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father. May he rest in peace.

    Marty and Teri Gagliardi

  2. Bob & Beckie Schrumpf / April 28, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Sending sincere sympathy to Ruth & all his family. God Bless🙏

  3. Donna Sanders / April 28, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Sandy and Family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Brad Wellen / April 29, 2022 at 9:10 am

    To the Miles family.
    Please know you are in our prayers and are thinking of you!

  5. Doug & Marilyn Sumner / April 29, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    So sorry to hear of Waynes passing. Prayers for his family

  6. David/Sharon Stalker / April 29, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Ruth and family. Dave and I knew Wayne for quite a few years during your time at Whidden MHP in Frostproof, Florida. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. We will always remember the good times we had.

  7. Wayne Loehring / April 30, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Miles family. Wayne was a dear friend of our families with whom we shared so many memories over the years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. God Bless.

    Wayne and Julie (Row) Loehring
    Gladys Huston

  8. Karen and Mel Brite / April 30, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was such a great guy! God Bless you Wayne and rest in peace.

  9. Ed and Pat Bernreuter / May 1, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Ruth and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you.

  10. Donna R (Powers) Anderson / May 2, 2022 at 7:42 am

    My sincere sympathies to the Miles’ family. I will miss seeing your dad at the lodge and talking with him. He was a great man and a great father. May God give you all strength as you grieve Wayne’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  11. Phyllis Wasmuth Johnson / May 10, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Dear Ruth: I was sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing! & I apologize for not being able to express my sympathy in person.

    I am at my youngest daughters home in Navarre, FL which is very close to where one of your children live!

    Sincerely, Phyllis Wasmuth Johnson

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