May 27, 1922 – July 9, 2013
Richard Law Miles, a World War II veteran, died Tuesday in Northgate Nursing Home, North Tonawanda, after a long illness. He was 91.
Born in Dubois, Pa., Mr. Miles graduated from Bennett High School in 1939.
He served in the Army Air Forces for three years during World War II, stationed in Guam and Europe.
He was part of the maintenance crew on the famous plane Enola Gay, which carried the first atomic bomb, his family said.
For 10 years after his military service, Mr. Miles worked as a salesman and then district manager for General Foods, where he helped in designing the Jell-O box, his family said.
He also worked for Drackett Products Co. for 10 years as a division manager and as a supervisor for McDermott-Riley Corp.
Mr. Law retired in 1977.
He was active in junior golf and volunteered for 10 years for the Buffalo District Golf Association in that area.
Mr. Law was associated with a number of private and public golf courses, working as a starter, his family said.
For his military service, he received three Presidential Commendations.
Mr. Miles was a life member of the Grocery Manufacturer Representatives of Western New York and was a past president.
He also was a member of Holy Name Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Mary Margaret Mulvey; a son, Rick; and three daughters, Kathy Torrey, Mary Kennedy Losito and Margaret Fahs.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.