Galen W. Miley, 92, WWII vet, Sperry New Holland GM, Brethren Village resident council president

By on October 19, 2016

Galen W. Miley, 92, of Lancaster, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, following a long life filled with love and service.

Galen was born on June 16, 1924, in Ephrata, a son of the late Harry and Mildred (Kilhefner) Miley. He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1942 and married Lucy Myers in 1944.

After working and raising a family in Ephrata and then Lewistown, Galen and Lucy returned home to Lancaster County in 2001 to reside at Brethren Village. Their 64-year marriage was filled with love and service to others. After Lucy’s death, Galen found the second love of his life, Joan (Fritsch) Miley. They were married in 2011. Joan, who survives, was a faithful and loving wife during their five-year marriage.

Galen proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a member of “The Greatest Generation,” stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., during World War II.

Galen was a leader, servant, teacher, and life-long learner. He served in many leadership positions during his more than 37 years at Sperry New Holland, retiring in 1985 from his position as general manager of the Belleville facility. He was active in the Church of the Brethren his entire life. He served as resident council president and board member of Brethren Village.

Galen enjoyed woodworking, golfing, traveling, gardening, reading, and spending time with friends and family. All who knew him enjoyed his knack for storytelling, quick wit, and sense of humor. He loved his family and friends with all his heart, and continuously showed his love and devotion.

In addition to his wife: Joan; Galen is survived by his brother: Gerald L. Miley, and wife Phyllis, of Crisfield Md.; his son: Dr. Gerald B. Miley of Roslindale, Mass.; daughters: Madelynn J. Riedel of Lancaster; and Gail A. Miller, and her husband Dan, of State College. He was extremely proud of his eight grandchildren and their families: Marissa (Miley) and Steven Friedman, and their son, Blake, of Waban, Mass.; Danielle Miley of Washington, D.C.; Matthew and Danielle Riedel of Phoenixville; Kimberly Riedel of Lancaster; Kathy (Riedel) and John Truby, and their son, Jack, of Easton; Karen (Riedel) and Aaron Kovalik-Dacko, and their daughter, Mila, of Pittsburgh; Steven Miller and Christina Nicholas of Chicago, Ill.; and Kathryn (Miller) and Chad Hazel-Kepler of State College.

We would like to thank all of our friends, the staff of Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster County and Brethren Village for their help and support. Galen will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service celebrating Galen’s life on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m., at the Brethren Village Chapel, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable contributions be made to the Brethren Village Good Samaritan Fund at

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences may be offered at

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