Kenneth “Ken” Elbert Niles

MAYVILLE — Kenneth “Ken” Elbert Niles, 90, of Mayville, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 6, 2019, at his home.

He was born Jan. 13, 1929, in the town of Stockton, the son of the late Leon and Marie Cross Niles.

Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served his country proudly during the Korean conflict.

He was a heavy equipment operator for the New York State Department of Transportation in Mayville. In earlier years, he was a finishing room foreman at Klings in Mayville and had been a part-time policeman for the Village of Mayville.

Ken was a member of the Mayville United Methodist Church, the Mayville American Legion William L. Travis Post 493, the Mayville Veterans of Foreign War Post 8647, the Jamestown War Vets Club in Fluvanna, and the Masonic Peacock Lodge 696 F&AM.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, golfing, Friday night family fish fry’s around the county, and time with his family.

Ken is survived by his three daughters: Janet (John) Woodfield of Bemus Point, Judy Niles of Mayville, and Joan (Larry) Scalise of Bemus Point: five grandchildren: Jennifer (Erik) Tarr, Kyle (Danielle) Woodfield, Kenneth (Kellie) Woodfield, Samantha and Alexandra Scalise; six great-grandchildren: Logan, Kendra, Karrie, Kaylee Tarr, Olivia and Luke Woodfield; one sister, Bea (Clifford) Lee of Brocton, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June E. Thayer Niles, whom he married July 1, 1949, in Stockton; his parents; his sister, Arloine Russell and his twin sister, Marjorie Carlson; and a granddaughter, Amanda Katherine Scalise.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Mayville United Methodist Church (81 South Erie St). The Rev. Mark Parsons will officiate. Burial will be in the Mayville Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14, at the Freay Funeral Home in Mayville (139 S. Erie St).

Memorials can be made to the Mayville United Methodist Church (81 S. Erie St.) or to the Mayville Rescue Squad (P.O. Box 2, Mayville, NY 14757).

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