Eric Miles, 68

Eric Alfred Miles, born on July 15, 1948, a lifelong resident of Wampum, passed away on February 19, 2017 at the age of 68.

Eric was a member of the Wampum United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of Trustees, including the offices of Secretary and Treasurer. He was a member of the Wampum Historical Society, Sons of the American Legion and the Ellwood City Library Book Club.

Eric graduated from Lincoln High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Geneva College and attended Westminster College for post-graduate study.

Eric taught, primarily History, for 32 years at Lincoln High School before he enjoyed retirement starting in 2001.

Eric is remembered by his family for his excellent memory, extensive movie knowledge, particularly John Wayne, and his always-comedic qualities. Eric was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, and the Pitt Panthers. He held a deep appreciation for nature and enjoyed daily, long walks. He was a member of the NRA and, for many years, spent time hunting and fishing locally. Eric had a big heart for all animals.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Miles, and his daughter, Stephanie Looney and her husband Christian Looney.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank Alfred and Jean Miles, and a daughter, Valerie Miles.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, February 25, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street, Wampum. Funeral services will immediately follow at the funeral home with his pastor, Rev. Todd Davis officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wampum United Methodist Church or the Ellwood City Public Library.    Online condolences may be sent to


12 thoughts on “Eric Miles, 68

  1. Dear Sandy. Stephanie and Christian,
    I am so deeply sorry to hear of Eric’s death. He was always so kind to my mother, Mary, and to me. Eric had a love for life that I admired. God’s blessings,
    Shirley Klindienst Sanders

  2. My deepest sympathy to his family. Of all my teachers Mr. Miles was my favorite. I loved history and I loved his class. It’s been 22 years since I sat in his classroom but I remember it like it was yesterday.

  3. Aww. Sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. We always knew of Eric from him always walking around town, and he had become a casual acquaintance over the years. We got to know him a bit better when we started going down to the Paramount.. Eric was a nice guy, that always had an opinion to share on most any conversation that came up, or a story or movie quote to share with you.. I could always rely on him for one of his stock answers too.. Especially when you asked him “How you doing Eric??” He’s always shot back “Good enough to be me!” 🙂

  4. Dear Sandy and family,

    You have my deepest sympathy. I grew up with Eric in Wampum. I knew his mother, father and grandfather. They were a wonderful family. So sorry for your loss.

    Blessings for your family,

    Marlene Craven

  5. Rest in the comfort of the Lords arms Eric. I remember you well and your mother too.The class of Lincoln 1966 was great.

  6. Our sincere and deepest condolences to the Miles family on your loss. I have fond memories of Eric throughout our school years. In the very early years I believe Eric was the first kid in Wampum to have a Davy Crocket tent, which made him quite popular. On several occasions, decades after the event, Eric would remind me of how close we came in 3rd and 4th grade to missing out on our end of year picnic given our lack of discipline while the teacher stepped out of the classroom for a few minutes. In high school, band practice was fun and kept us very busy day and night from the end of August through football season and then practicing for concerts and parades throughout the remainder of the school year. RIP Eric. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Richard & Sue Flynt

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