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Myron B. "Mike" Miska

Myron B. "Mike" Miska

Mike, 86, passed away peacefully March 18, at The Springs in Sherwood, Oregon, where he and his wife of 62 years, Jo, have been residing. Mike was born in rural Stutsman County, North Dakota, on December 17, 1927, to Joseph and Margaret (Davis) Miska. He is survived by his wife, Josephine (Gaedtke), and their six children: Michael Miska, Marcola, Oregon; Patti Groat (Cliff), Vancouver, Washington; Pam Pratt (Russell), Newberg, Oregon; Kim Gregory (Gerald), Roseburg, Oregon; Rick Miska (Lori), Reedsport, Oregon; Jodi Carsh (Kelly), Newberg, Oregon; a sister, Elaine (Miska) Nieland, Pingree, North Dakota. Mike is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret (Davis) Miska, father, Joseph Miska, stepmother, Katherine (Kropp) Miska, and brother, David Miska. Mike served as a paratrooper in the U. S. Army, 82nd Airborne, from 1946-1948. When the war ended, Mike's detail was a Causality Notification Officer. Mike and Jo were married in Jamestown, North Dakota and came out west on their honeymoon. They raised their children in Coquille, Oregon, where Mike was a lineman for Coos-Curry Electric Co-op and later retired as District Manager. He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the BPOE (Elks), and Holy Name Catholic Church. After retirement, they moved to Reedsport, Oregon, where he enjoyed fishing off their pontoon on the Umpqua River. He spent his days at Forest Hills Country Club, golfing and assisting his son, Rick, who is the Superintendent. Mike's priority in his life was his family. He stayed connected daily with his children and grandchildren through text messaging, sharing his humor and wisdom.

A Memorial Mass was held at St. Peter Catholic Church in Newberg, Oregon at 11:00 a.m., on March 22, 2014. In lieu of flowers, a memorial can be made to Providence Newberg Health Foundation, 1001 Providence Drive, Newberg, OR 97132.