Kenneth L. “Ken” Giles, age 82, of Bloomington, Indiana died peacefully at home with his wife of 49 years by his side, on the morning of September 28, 2020. Ken was a wonderful man, husband, father, brother, and son. He was born on April 6, 1938 in Tekamah, Nebraska to Darious and Pearl (Price) Giles.
Ken joined the US Marine Corps in 1956 and retired after 20 years of service. He served his country and traveled the world with duty stations in California, Japan, North Carolina, Vietnam, and Okinawa. His main vocation in the service, among other assignments, was teaching mechanics. He served two tours of duty in one year increments in Vietnam. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, he continued working in his chosen field as a diesel mechanic for Rogers Group and then as Maintenance Supervisor for Robinson Construction. Ken was a modest, strong, quiet man who supported his family with his whole heart. He was a role model for all who loved him or knew him. His quiet strength sustained him through many obstacles in life and his pragmatic outlook on life made him accept many things that could not be changed, especially the last three years of his life. He was never too busy to help someone when asked or offer his assistance, and did so without expecting anything in return.
He enjoyed just being with his family, raising his boys, hunting, fishing, playing the lottery, and mushroom hunting. By example, he displayed honesty, integrity, his unbeatable work ethic, and his steadfast way of living his life to his children and grandchildren.
Ken is survived by his wife, Connie (Freeman) Giles, sons, Wesley A. Giles and Scott G. Giles, grandchildren, Elijah Giles, Isaac Giles, and Emery Giles, sisters, Wanda Blankenbeckler and Linda Giles Caldwell.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Daphne Giles Archer, Bonnie Crippen, and Carma Robinson, and brothers, Bobbie Giles and Lonnie Giles.
He will be missed by his family and all who knew him and his spirit will forever linger in our hearts.
A gathering of friends and family will be from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third Street Bloomington, Indiana.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday at The Funeral Chapel.