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Jess Miley
Miley's Radio
1928 - 2011

For those who recall Miley Radio, and Jess, who had tables at many a swapfest over the years.

Jesse Lawrence Miley, 83

Jesse Lawrence Miley, age 83, owner of Miley's Radio, died May 15, 2011.

He was born April 23, 1928, in a farmhouse a mile from Genoa, Colorado to the late Alfred Oliver and Dolly Jewell Miley. He attended Genoa high school and played varsity basketball and baseball. Jess enlisted in the Navy August 28, 1944 as a junior in high school. The day that Jesse graduated from radio school, the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. In the Navy, Jesse attained the rank of Seaman 1st class radioman and obtained his high school equivalency degree. He sailed with the USS Jupiter, an aviation supply ship which traveled extensively in the Pacific. Jesse also worked shuttling nuclear scientists as the head radioman on the aviation boats during the Eniwetok Atomic Bomb testing sites in 1948. On October 10, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mildred Louise Nickerson in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Miley attended Boyles College in Omaha to train further as a telegrapher and teletype operator. He was hired by the Burlington Railroad in Fremont, Nebraska but after witnessing the destruction of a tornado six months later, the young family returned to Colorado where Jesse started working for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and retired in 1974 with a disability pension. In 1975 he established Miley's Radio selling CB radios. He obtained his Ham Radio License in 1959. He was instrumental in obtaining television signals to the small community of Oak Creek, Colorado when he was station agent in 1956. As a boy, his first radio was made of a crystal and filament and could listen to KOA out of Denver and at the end of his life he had his own website demonstrating his life-long learning quest in the communication field.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Mildred, of almost 64 years, daughters Sandra Miley(Richard), Canon City, Jennifer Miley, Florence and son Jerry (Michelle) of Carson City, Nevada; two grandson, Jeremy Miley of Wetmore, and Domonic Toni of Fort Collins. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and many friends involved in the Ham Radio business. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ross and Victor; sisters Mildred Bates, Elva Berridge, Lucille Brown and Jo Alma Nickel.

At the request of the deceased, no services will be held. On line condolences at <>

Tue, 05/17/2011

From the Cheyenne Mountain Repeater group, Wed May 18, 2011:

It's with much sadness that I pass along the news that Jess Miley, KØTAA.
(Miley's Radio, Florence, CO) became a SK on Sunday, May 15. I have no other
details on the cause of his death. Many of us have dealt with Jess many
times over the years and will miss him. I've dealt with Jess many times
over the past 35 years. I always used to tell him that he was the best
"horse trader" I ever knew. I'm going to miss the old guy.

Jess had been fighting cancer for several years and that may have been a
contributing factor in his passing, but details are not known at this time.

If anybody has any equipment at Jess' on consignment, repair, etc, please
allow adequate time for his family to mourn his passing before contacting
them. Bill, WD4FNY is in touch with the family and will check on any
equipment that Jess may have for sale for anybody or on order. Just allow
some time.

RIP, Jess.


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