Rev. Leslie R. Miles, M.D.

Rev. Leslie R. Miles, M.D.

LONACONING — The Rev. Leslie R. Miles, M.D. FAAFP, 83, of Lonaconing, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Egle Nursing and Rehab Center, Lonaconing.

Born Dec. 5, 1925, in Huntington, W.Va., he was the son of the late Leslie R. Miles and Wanita (Combs) Miles.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Donna (Hutt) Miles; and two sons, Don and Ken Miles.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lonaconing. He was also a member of the Cumberland American Legion, Fort Cumberland Post 13, life member of V.F.W. Post 15021 and the American Legion National.

He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army from March 1944-May 1946 where he was a medic in the 285th Combat Engineer Battalion ETO, 3rd Army earning three Battle Stars and serving in Ardeens, Rhineland and Central Europe.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 1949 with his AB degree. In 1950 he married Donna Hutt and from 1952 to 1960 his four children were born, Bruce, Donald, Ken and Diana. In 1953 he earned his MD degree from the University of Maryland. He completed his general internship at Winchester VA Hospital from 1953-1954.

In the following years he served in two general practices, one in Capon Bridge, W.Va., during 1953-1954 and the other in Lonaconing, during 1955-1980. He was part of the Frostburg Community Hospital staff from 1955-1970 and served as president of the staff from 1960-1962 and also served on the board of directors from 1960-1967. In 1966 he became part of the Sacred Heart Hospital staff (Braddock Hospital). He became president of the Allegany County Medical Society in 1976. At the Kyle Nursing Home he worked as the attending physician from 1967-1983. In 1980 he became president of the Sacred Heart Medical staff as served from one year. From 1977-1983 he was an attending physician from the Egle Nursing Home, Lonaconing. He established the Department of Family Practice at Sacred Heart Hospital in 1970 and served as chairman from 1970-1978. Over a 10-year span, 1980-1990, he held the position of vice president of medical affairs (medical director) for Sacred Heart Hospital and also served on the board of directors from 1983-1990. At the Egle Nursing Home he became the medical director, principal physician in 1992 and sustained that position until 2003. In 1990 he became an honorary staff member of Sacred Heart Hospital. In 1972 he was ordained as an Episcopal priest and was Vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lonaconing, for 30 years, 1972-2002. He was a member of the Med Chi Ethics Committee from 1979-2003 and chairman of the Med Chi Medicine and Regional Committee from 1974-1986. He retired from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on June 30, 2003, and proceeded to retire from medical practice on Oct. 31, 2003.

He is survived by one son, Bruce Miles and wife Caroline of Pittsboro, N.C.; one daughter, Diana Miles (Glessner) of Cumberland; seven grandchildren, Nathan Miles, Justin Miles, James Oberhaus, Garrett Oberhaus, Jonathan Oberhaus, Bill Nimick and Cleaves Masella; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lonaconing, at 11 a.m. with Bishop John Rabb, Father Rick Morley and Deacon Fred Sloan officiating. The church doors will be opened at 9 a.m. to receive family and friends.

Inurnment will be held at Frostburg Memorial Park, Frostburg. Military rites will be accorded by Farrady Post 24 American Legion, Frostburg.

Arrangements were made by Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, P.A., eichhorn-mckenziefh.com Lonaconing.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Egle Nursing and Rehab Center, Lonaconing.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made out to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 6 St. Peter’s Place, Lonaconing, MD 21539 and the Egle Nursing and Rehab Center, 57 Jackson St., Lonaconing, MD 21539.

Memorial cards will be available at the funeral home.

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