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Peter J Niles
May 8, 1938 ~ December 29, 2017 (age 79)
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Peter J. Niles, Major, USAF (Ret.), beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2017, from medical complications following a brief hospitalization. Pete was born to the late Dr. John and Margaret (Maguire) Niles in Somerville, MA, on May 8, 1938 and was raised on Cape Cod. He graduated from Barnstable High School in 1956 where he developed many enduring friendships. Pete attended Fordham University and graduated from Indiana University. He subsequently earned a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University. Pete is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Marcia (Hancewicz); daughters, Amy (Mark) Dodds, Katherine (Matthew Marks) Niles and Jennifer (Travis) Williams; grandchildren, Peter and Maisy Niles Marks, Matthew and Lily Dodds, Hoxie Williams; sisters, Susan (Joseph) Skenderian, Jane (John S.) Lebel; brothers, Mark (Marion) and John; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Pete started his military career with a 6 month stint in the United States Marine Corps Reserve followed by 19 plus years on active duty in the United States Air Force. He enlisted in the Air Force and was selected to finish his undergraduate degree and receive a commission. Pete had many military assignments, including 5 years as a combat missile crew member and 4 years overseas in the Far East. His final active duty assignment was as Director of Personnel and Chief of Moral, Welfare and Recreation at Grissom AFB, Indiana. Throughout his military career, Pete made many lifelong friends who became part of his extended family and whose friendships he cherished. Pete later worked as a civilian for the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio for 15 years. He retired as Command Director of Military Training and Voluntary Off-Duty Education. Pete was known for his patriotism and military professionalism, his sharp wit, his humor and his tremendous love for and devotion to his family and friends. Pete said his proudest moments were the day he married Marcia and the births of his daughters. They agree. Calling hours will be FRIDAY, January 5, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at PFEIFER FUNERAL HOME 7915 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. A requiem Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church 1051 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, with Msgr. Funk officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the charity of your choice.
JAN 5. 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Pfeifer Funeral Home and Crematory
7915 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH, US, 43068
JAN 6. 10:30 AM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
1051 S Waggoner Road
Reynoldsburg, OH, US, 43068
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