Charles Giles, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Tuesday April 16, 2013, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Friday, April 19, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Interment was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or the Custer County Foundation.
Mr. Giles was born Feb. 2, 1924, at Elsmere, to Charles M. and Astrid (Stav) Giles. Immediate survivors include his wife, Ina Jean (Blauhorn) Giles; children, Dr. Gene and Jane Giles of Alliance, Randall Giles of San Diego, Calif., Sally Giles of Denver, Colo.; grandsons, Dr. Nicholas and Michelle Giles of Lincoln, Lucas Giles of Lincoln, Zachary Eskridge of San Francisco, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Giles and twins Karter and Khloe Giles of Lincoln; sister, Ruth Sullivan of Broken Bow and brother Joe Giles of Ainsworth.
Charles was raised on a ranch near Elsmere, and attended District 101C until the eighth grade and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1940. He then worked at Purdum store until joining the U.S. Navy in April 1943, taking boot camp training at Farragut, Idaho followed by serving aboard the USS Conner, a destroyer in the South Pacific.
After his discharge as Yeoman First Class in 1946, Mr. Giles attended the Grand Island Business College, graduating from Advanced Accounting and Business Administration. He then worked for Western Union as a relief manager for two years, traveling Nebraska, Iowa, South and North Dakota.
Mr. Giles was united in marriage to Ina Jean Blauhorn of Palmer, March 12, 1950, after which they made their home in Broken Bow. He went to work for the Custer County Chief for three years and then went to work for the Nebraska State Bank and Trust Company. He was a graduate of the Colorado School of Banking at Boulder, Colo., and also the Nebraska Bankers Trust School. Mr. Giles retired from the bank as president and continued on the Board of Directors as Chairman until his death.
Mr. Giles was a member of the United Methodist Church, serving on several boards including three terms on the Broken Bow School Board and three terms as treasurer of the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Elks. He enjoyed bowling, golf, men’s coffee, music, and spending many hours playing the piano and organ.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Jimmy Ray; a brother, George Giles; sister, Bonnie (Giles) Keys and daughter-in- law, Marcy (Kiesel) Giles.
Published in Custer County Chief, April 25, 2013