Myles Jay Pilch, 85, died August 12, 2012 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon. Services will be held Friday, Aug, 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church (Pendleton Baptist Church), 3202 S.W. Nye, Pendleton, Ore. Open interment at Skyview Memorial Park with a military honors guard will follow the church service. A luncheon will be served at Faith Lutheran Church at the conclusion of the burial.
Jay was born in Breckenridge, Colorado, on April 29, 1927, to Frank and Eva (Stewart) Pilch. His father, Frank, was killed in a mining accident when Jay was 6 years old. At that point Jay, his 2-year old brother Frank and his mother returned to her hometown of Auburn, Nebraska. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1945. He served in the Army Air Force, attached to the 441st Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment in Japan, conducting investigations of sabotage, espionage and subversive activities during 1946 and 1947. Jay graduated from Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska, with a B.S. in science and later received a B.A. in industrial arts from Peru State. Before starting his professional teaching career Jay worked on a dredge on the Missouri River, as a photographer for a newspaper and as a construction worker.
Jay married Margaret Kuenning on May 25, 1951, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Auburn.
Jay began his career teaching science at Stuart (Nebraska) High School 1951-1953 and then at Rockport )Mo.) High School 1953-1956. Then came the BIG MOVE from the Midwest to Newport, Ore., where he taught industrial arts 1956-1958. In 1958 he and his wife moved to Pilot Rock, Ore., where he taught industrial arts from 1958-1962. In 1962 he was offered a position teaching drafting at Pendleton High School. He was also involved in the Industrial Arts Intern Program and with Blue Mountain Community College exchange classes. Retired from teaching in 1988, Jay helped son Tim with construction of his Subway stores in the area.
Jay loved working with wood, built stone walls and walks in his yard and garden, did leather-working and silk-screen printing. His garden and flowers were his one big thing in life. He had the proverbial green thumb, loved propagating geraniums and could hardly pass up a cutting that could be put in a pot to grow. He and his wife enjoyed their retirement years not by traveling the world, but by spending time having lunch in the back yard and favorite pastimes of reading and watching TV.
Jay was baptized and became a member of the Lutheran Church when he was 6 years old, and was active in the Lutheran faith the rest of his life.
Jay is survived by his wife Margaret of 62 years. He is also survived by his two sons; Todd and wife DeAnn of Redmond, Ore.; Tim and wife Valerie of Pendleton. Jay had 5 grandchildren: Todds children Moira of Bend, Ore., and Matthew and wife Lydia of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Tims children Jotham, Micah and Sarah of Pendleton. He had 4 great-grandchildren: Moiras sons Samuel and Vincent and Matthews children Gabriel and Abigail; his brother, Frank, of Millington, Tenn.; and brother in-law Don Kuenning and wife Faye Ellen of Nebraska City, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Online condolences may be sent to www.pioneerchapel.com. Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop is in charge of arrangements.