Russell John Miles

March 7th, 1926August 11th, 2022

Russell John Miles passed on August 11, 2022 at the age of 96. 

Born in Burke, South Dakota in 1926, Russell was a second-generation farmer born into the Dust Bowl Era. As such, he was no stranger to hard work and sacrifice.

In his junior year at Gregory High School, Russell met Margaret Ann Ruffing. In 1945 they eloped and started their life together on a section of land gifted from Russell’s father.

In 1952, they moved to Boulder where Russ attended pharmaceutical school at the University of Colorado. They lived in married student housing at Arapahoe and Folsom. Russell worked for Jones Drug and as a mechanic all through college. They moved to Arvada after Russ’s graduation where Russ worked for Skaggs Drugs, eventually they returned to Boulder in 1969, where Russ owned a small pharmacy on Darley Ave, in Table Mesa. Then onto Potter Drug on Pearl Street (the current Pearl Street mall) and then worked for Osco Drug on north Broadway. Here they finished raising their family of five and enjoyed the arrival of 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

After 45 years, Russell finally retired at age 74. His genuine curiosity and compassion could lead to hours long conversations with strangers from all walks of life. 

Russell is preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Margaret Ann (Ruffing) Miles; his mother, Ethel Lola (Curry) Miles; his father, William "Billy" Edward Miles; his two sisters, Audrey June Harris and Wilva Mardell Whitley; and his grandson, Joshua Stuart Miles.

He is survived by his sister Wilodyne Bruce, aged 95, Wisconsin; his five children: Gary Miles, Fort Collins, CO; Robert Miles, Berthoud CO; Nancy Martin and spouse Steve, Louisville, CO; Kim Miles and spouse Vickie, Broomfield, CO; and Annette Thompson and spouse Brian, Toano, VA; his ten grandchildren: Sarah Miles, Fort Collins, CO; Ryan Martin, Tustin, CA; Neal Martin, Erie, CO;  Eric Martin, Erie, CO; Shane Miles, Longmont, CO; Matthew Miles, Denver, CO; Katie Miles, Boulder, CO; Sam Thompson, Camp Humphreys, South Korea; Emma (Thompson) Smith, Richmond, VA; and Kennedy Miles, Fort Collins, CO; his nine great grandchildren: Keisha Miles, Fort Collins, CO; Everly and Isla Martin, Tustin, CA; Gwen, Trigg and Monroe Martin, Erie, CO; Brooks and Cole Martin, Erie, CO; and Owen Shainline, Boulder, CO. 


A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 18th at 11am at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.


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Kim, we are thinking of you and your family as you celebrate the life of Russell. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time. Paul and Nancy Geersen