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Andrew L. Miles

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Andrew L. Miles, 85, of 1650 Jewell Dr., died Friday morning, December 25, 2009, in the Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown after being stricken at his residence.


Mr. Miles was born in Philadelphia on November 22, 1924, the son of the late Root L. and the Iva M. Fults Miles. He attended school in Philadelphia. He was inducted in the Army on March 12, 1943 and served during World War II with Company B 299 Combat Engineers Battalion. He was in the first wave of American troops landing on Utah Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944 during the D- Day invasion. He was captured by the Germans on December 21, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war until May of 1945. Mr. Miles married the former Blanche E. Butts on September 29, 1946 at the United Christian Church in West Carthage. For many years the couple lived at 1 Front St., West Carthage.


He was a locomotive engineer for the New York Central Railroad and Conrail for over 40 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the VFW Post # 7227, Carthage and the Disabled American Veterans.


He is survived by his wife Blanche E. of Watertown, three daughters and their husbands, JoAnn and Merlin Tousant of Jamesville, Karen and Edward Benjamin of Syracuse and Connie and Steve Confield of East Jewett, NY, 8 Grandchildren and 7 Great-Grandchildren, a brother: Herbert Miles of Cypress, CA and several nieces and nephews. A brother, William Miles died previously.


Funeral services will be Monday at 1:00 PM at the United Community Church with the Rev. Jane E. Wagner officiating. Burial with military honors will be held in the spring at Sunnyside Cemetery, Great Bend. Calling hours at the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home will be today (Sunday) from 2-5 PM.


In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to United Community Church, 112 N. School St., Carthage, NY 13619 or a charity of choice.

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