AUGUSTA - John H. Miles, 78, of Augusta and formerly of Kents Hill, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at the Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy body disease, which has symptoms similar to Parkinsons and Alzheimer's. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was born in Lewiston, Dec. 30, 1930, the son of Ralph and Irene (Poulin) Miles. He grew up in Auburn, graduating from Edward Little High School, class of 1949. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe married his high school sweetheart, Lena Asselyn, in 1950. \r\r\n\r\r\nJohn served two years honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict 1952-53. \r\r\n\r\r\nJohn was employed as district manager for Suburban Propane in Augusta for 27 years, and held similar positions with the company in Presque Isle, Long Island, N.Y., Rochester, N.H., and Portland. Prior to this, he ran a propane dealership with his wife, Lena, in Rangeley. \r\r\n\r\r\nWhile living in Presque Isle, John was active in community affairs as president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also active in city and state politics, nearly winning a bid for the House of Representatives in 1972 as a Democrat. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe enjoyed the family camp on the Aroostook River and the fishing and hunting that this area offered. After moving to Augusta, he joined the Capital City Rifle and Pistol Club and competed locally and nationally in the world of competitive shooting. He fell in love with sailing, especially Penobscot Bay, and thoroughly enjoyed his time on the water with his wife, Lena, his children and many friends. He was a member of the Rockland Yacht Club. \r\r\n\r\r\nJohn was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in Winthrop. He earned a 4th degree with the Knights of Columbus Father McGowan Council 7655. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Ralph Miles, of Auburn. \r\r\n\r\r\nSurviving are his wife of 59 years, Lena Asselyn Miles; his son, John H. Miles, II; and daughter Mary Ellen Miles, her husband, Roy, and grandchildren Hannah Ruth and Elijah Roy. John was especially proud of his grandchildren's achievements in academics and music. He is also survived by his brother, Ret. Col. Richard J. Miles and his wife, Nancy; along with several nieces and nephews. \r\r\n\r\r\nThere will be no public visiting hours. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winthrop. A reception will be held in the parish hall immediately after the service. \r\r\n\r\r\nJohn will be buried at the new Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery. \r\r\n\r\r\nMemorial donations may be made to the Maine Veterans' Home, 310 Cony Road, Augusta, ME 04330. \r\r\n\r\r\nJohn's family would like to thank the Maine Veterans' Home for special care given to him over the past four years. They would also like to express their gratitude to HealthReach Hospice. \r\r\n\r\r\nArrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.