van E. Miley, Jr., age 82, peacefully entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 16, 2021. A visitation will be held Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM with a celebration of Ivan’s life starting at 12:00 PM. Both will be held at Osborn’s Funeral Home at 3631 Southern Ave. and will be followed by a brief graveside service at Forest Park Cemetery.
Born in Shreveport on October 5, 1938, Ivan was one of four amazing children born to Ivan E. Miley Sr. and Marguerite Hagius Miley. Upon the tragic death of their parents, the young Ivan and his beloved sister Patricia Miley Oglesby were raised by their beloved grandparents Leon, Sr., “Papa” and Irene Hagius. The younger siblings, Sharon Miley Buckner and Leon William “Bill” Miley were raised by their great aunt Gertrude Hagius Gautreaux and her husband Sidney Gautreaux. Ivan was so proud of his brother and sisters. He is survived by his siblings and each remains most special to Ivan’s wife, children, and grandchildren.
Ivan grew up in Shreveport, graduating from Byrd High School before receiving a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern State in Natchitoches. Ivan’s family attended Central Christian Church, where he met the love of his life Linda Carol Schneider. Their courtship would be temporarily put on hold while Ivan answered his cherished country’s call, joining the U.S. Army serving at White Sands Missile Range (New Mexico) and Korea. After two years of service and countless letters shared between the two, Ivan returned to Shreveport and married Linda on December 14, 1963 and remained in love with her until his last breath. Ivan was often heard proclaiming he was “the most blessed man in the world”, a claim based in most part on having Linda as his loving wife. Ivan and Linda Miley shared 57 years of life and devoted love.
Ivan started his career in 1963 at United Gas Pipeline Company before going to work at the newly constructed Western Electric in 1966 (later becoming AT&T and then Lucent). Ivan cherished the many friends he made during his 28 years working in the engineering department. Ivan retired in 1994.
Although saddened by the loss, family and friends will remember Ivan by the way he lived. He led his family by example and never left any doubt of his love for them. He was supportive of others and generous with his time, volunteering as a coach of youth sports and later serving as a volunteer at the VA Hospital for over 13 years as well as various other non-profits.
Ivan will be remembered for his uniquely smart and quick humor that would keep his family and friends laughing for hours. His humor was never at the expense of others, but he was quick to offer himself as the “butt of the joke”. His contagious and eye-watering laughter will be sorely missed. However, his legacy will carry on because Ivan taught his children and grandchildren the power of love and importance of laughter.
Ivan was blessed with a large family and many special neighbors and friends. Ivan is survived by his wife Linda; their sons, Paul Bryan, Mark Clifford, and John Christopher Miley; adored daughter-in-law Carla Buras Miley; grandson Peyton Miley who lived with and later cared for Ivan and Linda; and other cherished grandchildren Samuel “Carter” Miley, Megan Miley Garbarino and her husband Kaleb Garbarino), Palmer Miley, Ivan “Graham” Miley, Lauren Miley, John “Matthew” Miley, and Anna Miley; great grandchildren Luke Miley, Warren Garbarino, and Wyatt Garbarino.
In addition to his siblings listed above, Ivan is survived by niece Elizabeth Oglesby Eldredge, her husband Mark Eldredge and their three boys; nephew Clifford “Bill” Oglesby Jr., his wife Sue Oglesby and their three children; niece Amanda Miley; nephew Sutton Miley and his two sons; and sister-in-law Donna Wilson and her Husband H. Wayne Wilson and their daughters, Rhonda, Angela, and Tiffany, their husbands, and children.
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and great Aunt and Uncle (as listed above); mother-in-law and father-in-law Doris and Samuel E. Schneider, Jr.; and his brother-in-law and life-long best friend Clifford “Bill” Oglesby Sr.
Pallbearers will be Leon William “Bill” Miley, Clifford William “Bill” Oglesby, Mark Eldredge, Samuel “Carter” Miley, Palmer Miley, and John “Matthew” Miley. Honorary Pallbearers are H. Wayne Wilson, Peyton Miley, and Ivan “Graham” Miley.
Ivan was a charitable man, often giving discretely (anonymously if possible) to charities and individuals (often strangers). In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage you to give generously to a charity or stranger in need.
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