Lester Thomas Miles
97, Indian Creek, Mo.

Lester Thomas Miles, 97, of Indian Creek, Missouri, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the Monroe City Manor, Monroe City, Missouri.
He was born December 27, 1915, in Pike County, Illinois, the son of Landy Thomas and Frances Mae Stedman Miles. He attended country school in Ash, Missouri. He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, Indian Creek, Missouri.
As a young man, Lester worked for the Henderson Produce Company, Monroe City and the Shoe Factory, Palmyra, Missouri. He also worked for Ray Anderson Garage as a truck mechanic and drove a school bus. Lester worked in construction for 26 years of his life, working as a carpenter and as a backhoe operator. He purchased his first tractor from George Spalding in 1956 and was one of the first operator’s in the Monroe City area.
Lester was probably best known for his gunsmithing talents. He enjoyed building and working on all types of firearms. He also was a metal engraver.
He married Julia Frances Crowley May 4, 1937, at Indian Creek, Missouri. She passed away September 9, 1981. He then married Genevieve Liter Harrison May 18, 1985, at Indian Creek, Missouri. She passed away December 5, 1999.
Survivors include four sons: Joe Miles (Marilyn), Monroe City, Missouri; Russell Miles (Kay), Quincy, Illinois; David Miles (Mary), Palmyra, Missouri; and Albert Miles (Ruth), Indian Creek, Missouri; one daughter, Cecelia Lilly (Fred), Monroe City, Missouri; one sister, Dorothy Harrington, State of Florida; one sister-in-law, Pat Miles, Frankford, Missouri. He is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, one son, Thomas Leo Miles, 3 infant granddaughters, 12 siblings: Frances Laswell, Ruby Dorst, George Miles, Nina Morrison, Mabel Sankpill, (infant brother) Wilbert Miles, Russell Miles, Howard Miles, Millie Schwiesow, Margie Milby, and twin stillborns.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at St. Stephens Catholic Church, Indian Creek with Fr. Mike Penn officiating, assisted by Deacon Mike Long. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Stephens Catholic Church. The parish will pray the rosary at 4:45 p.m. and a scripture service beginning at 8 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be Bob Quinn, Matt Spalding, Gary C. Garner, Dewayne Williams, Bill Smith and Andy Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Marquart, Tom McGinty and John Wilson.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri.
Online condolences can be made at garnerfuneralchapel.com.