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Michael J Miles

Michael J Miles

Michael J. Miles, 71, of Durand, was born November 10, 1950 in Plum City and died November 27, 2021 at home.  Mike was the son of James Miles, Jr. and Margaret (Stoffregen) Miles.

Mike grew up in Arkansaw, attended Arkansaw Elementary School and graduated from Arkansaw High School, where he enjoyed playing basketball.  He went on to college at UW-La Crosse and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Mike married Donna Hooker on July 11, 1970 in Durand.  They lived in the La Crosse area until he graduated college in 1972, then they moved back to Durand.

He worked for the Pepin County Nutrition Program, and then at Durand Builders Service where he was a valued employee for over 30 years until he retired.

Mike was a former Durand Volunteer Fireman and Knights of Columbus member. He also donated much time and effort to the community, especially to the Durand Sportsman’s Club.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching the Packers play at the “almost famous” Spot Bar. Mike also enjoyed spending time at the cabin and Goat’s Corkscrew Saloon with family, friends, and the “Meridean Mafia”.

He spread cheer, happiness, smiles, and jokes wherever he went, and was loved by many.

Mike is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter Niccole (Tony) Morris; daughter Jannine (Jeff) Kralewski; Grandchildren Andrew & Evan Morris;  Macy and Miles Kralewski – all of Durand; sister Debbie (Alan) Clare of Plum City; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Miles, Jr. and Margaret (Stoffregen) Miles.

Visitation will be at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 4pm to 7pm, with a prayer service immediately following.  Private burial service will be held at a later date.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Rod & Tracy Rosemeyer

    Sending our deepest sympathy to the Miles family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Tom Bauer

    Although I have not had a lot of contact with Mike over the years, I have always considered him a friend. When I worked for Pepin County, Mike did the Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs for the elderly. He was a mentor and supporter for me. Please accept my condolences on his passing. He will be missed but never forgotten.


    Our thoughts and prayers to the Miles family. Remember Mike for the good man he was.

  4. Henry Fedie

    Hi, Hank, Thanks for Sharing. God Bless You"
    (That was Mike Miles" way of answering a email)
    I am going to miss that; God Bless Mike

  5. Kelly Rogers

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Mike always brought the fun. He was there for anyone who needed help. He was a wonderful person. My heart goes out to you all. Sending loving prayers of comfort and light.

  6. Alyson Fenn Straschinske

    My deepest sympathies. Our hearts go out to the entire Miles family.

  7. Laurie Schlosser

    My heart is broken. Mike was on my list of the top ten most wonderful people in the world. I am so grateful to have been able to spend the time with him that I did. I am so very sorry for you loss.

  8. Donna Karshbaum

    Mike touched many hearts, I Remember when I played Softball for fifth Quarter, He was a great coach and a wonderful man, Those were the great times, God Bless the family, Hugs and Prayers ????❤️????famo

  9. Kristine Polzer

    Donna and Family you have our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  10. Ron Farley

    Donna and Family,

    My deepest sympathies Mike was a special guy and he will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take Care Ron

  11. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    My deepest sympathy to Donna and family. Mike will be remember by so many. He touched our lived with his endearing personality and humor. He was a classmate of brother Stan and a friend to all of us. hope these two guys are enjoying a beer and telling fish tales! Hug and prayers to all.

  12. Vicci Hutter Rosenberg

    So sorry for your loss. Will be entertained with my big brother And his friend Stanley Charles Hutter

  13. Steve and Alyce Tracey

    Donna, Alyce and I are so sad to hear about Mike. Mike and I were college roommates and shared great times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Donna and the girls and their families. Rest In Peace Michael.

  14. Ron and Mary Jo Bauer

    Donna and family. Our deepest sympathy to all. What a great person, he will be missed by all who knew him.

  15. marge binkowski

    Donna and Family; Just know that we are praying for you all.

  16. Diane Girard (Hutter)

    For many years Mike and his family and my family were neighbors in Arkansaw. My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the Miles Family! In the coming days, may you find peace in your loving memories of Mike!

  17. Bill and Mary Kolb

    We are so sorry and sad. He will be missed.

  18. Becky Petfalski

    I'm so sorry for your loss. He was the father I never had. He was so strong and wise. I admired him so much and he will be greatly missed.


    Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  20. Shelly A Creaser

    Donna and family, we are so sorry for your loss.
    I think of Mike every time we are blessed to sit around a fire, yet non can compare to his light! He treated us like family the times we were at the cabin...such a beautiful soul.
    Holding you all up to God in prayer now, and in the days ahead.

  21. Louella Steller

    I was a classmate and friend of Mike’s. He was always an inspiration to me. Mike was brilliant and had such a happy kind disposition. I share my sincere sympathy with his wife and children. So sorry for your tragic loss.

  22. Raymond and Wendy Morris

    Words are hard to come, Mike was like a brother to Raymond and I. Such a great friend who always made you feel special. His struggle was so hard to watch these last years, knowing the man he was????Our heartfelt sympathy to all who knew him**

  23. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Our sympathy to the Miles family.

  24. Kelly Silberhorn

    Donna and family so sorry for your loss. prayers and Hugs!

  25. Larry & Vicki Hagness

    Our hearts go out to the entire Miles family. He was worshipped in our eyes. A true blue employee and friend. Keep the faith????????

  26. Dennis Sievwright

    Our deepest sympathies to the miles family i”m sure he will be missed by everyone. Rest In Peace mike. Donna and Dennis sievwright ????

  27. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers to you all during this difficult time!!

  28. Peggy McRoberts

    I’m so very sorry for your loss

  29. Brenda J smith

    Donna and family, so truly sorry for your loss. He was such a great person prayer to all of you for these hard times.

  30. Jay & Peggy Kralewski

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. He will be missed by so many. May your memories bring you comfort.

  31. Bob Anderson

    Sorry for your loss, I remember shooting pool with Mike at the Spot bar . He was a fun guy to be around.

  32. Bernie and Maryann Weissinger

    Donna and family we will miss seeing Mike such a great guy. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  33. Paula Smith

    To the miles family I'm truly sorry for loss of your dad and husband and grandfather I hope the memories that you have of him last forever I'll keep all of you in my prayers

  34. Donna Hartung

    My deepest sympathy to Mike’s family. I was a classmate and friend of his throughout elementary and high school in Arkansaw. He was always so much fun to be around. I’m sorry that I had not reconnected with him, especially at class reunions, over the years. You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  35. Jack & Donna Barber

    Deepest Sympathy to you Donna & all your family.You will be in our thoughts & prayers !

  36. Leah Milliren

    So sorry for your loss. Mike was a wonderful person. Prayers for you family.

  37. Marty, Joanne & Isaac Wegner

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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