The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 21, 2013

Kenneth James 'Ken' Miles

Published 2-22-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Kenneth James “Ken” Miles passed away at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. He was 90 years old.

His life and his victory over death will be celebrated at First Baptist Church in Ponca City on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. Internment will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.  

During WWII, he served in the ferrying division of the Air Transport Command.

He logged thousands of hours in the new B-29 Superfortress, and delivered bombers to the “Silverplate” project, a top-secret operation that ultimately dropped the atomic bomb on Japan.

Ken married Pauline Deffner in 1948.

The couple established Miles Insurance Agency in Ponca City.

In 1966, Ken, Pauline and the family embarked on a new career when they opened their first Hammond Organ Studio at Sixth and Hartford, later renamed Miles Music. Stores were eventually opened in Enid, Oklahoma City and Wichita. He also developed Miles Ridge Estates, Milestone Center office complex and Milestone II Shopping Center.

In 2006, Ken was honored as Oklahoma’s Outstanding Older Worker for his many accomplishments, and received his award at the national conference in Washington, D.C.

He continued working until 2012, when the Ponca City location of Miles Music was closed and all operations were moved to Enid.

Ken was a member of Ponca City AMBUCS. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Ken is survived by Pauline; sons, Gary and wife Alvie of Ponca City, Kip and wife Karen of Enid, Kelly and wife Shelli of Colorado Springs, and his daughter, Nikki Ephraim and husband Phil of Evanston, Ill.  He leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Those wishing to honor Ken’s memory may do so by contributing to AMBUC charities or to El Faro mission program established by Phil and Nikki Ephraim. Donations may be made through Grace Memorial Chapel.

(Submitted by family)