Miles Edward Bakken, 79, of Spring Grove, passed through death into the eternal care of our Lord on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, with loved ones by his side and after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Feb.16, 1933, to Edwin and Margit (Dahle) Bakken in St. Paul. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove and graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1951.

Following graduation, Miles worked for Roverud Construction Co. as a truck driver. He also worked for Owen Foss. In January of 1953, Miles enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in December of 1956.

On June 12, 1955, he married Dosha Marie Orness. They lived in Austin while he was employed by Eibert Coffee Co (based in St. Paul) as a route salesman.

In 1958, they moved to Minneapolis where Miles attended Minneapolis Business College. He graduated in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration, following which he worked for Imperial Financial Services for 27 years before accepting early retirement in March 1988.

In September of 1988, Miles began working as a bus driver for a school bus company serving the Wayzata School District.

Miles and Dosha lived in Plymouth from 1967 to 2005, where they raised their family and were active members of Oak Knoll Lutheran Church. Miles played softball and coached baseball at various levels in the Plymouth/ Wayzata area.

The couple moved to Spring Grove in May of 2005. Miles drove school bus for Schmitz Bus Service in Spring Grove. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, the Pitchfork and Shovel Society, and he volunteered within the church and community.

Miles had many interests - among them hunting, fishing, camping and helping family and friends.

Survivors include four children, Mary (Michael) Perry of Plymouth, Michelle (Michael) Stark of Mandeville, La., Kristi (Tim) Crist of Pequot Lakes and Eric Bakken of Brownsville; six grandchildren, Andrea Petersen, Nathan Perry, Ryan Stark, Julie (Stark) Chorley, Jaki Schoeszler and Niki Schoeszler; four great-grandchildren, Owen Petersen, Caitlyn Stark, Taya Marie Hoffman and Shaina Callahan; two sisters, Margaret Berglund and Kathryn Grave; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael; his wife, Dosha on Sept. 8, 2008; and a brother, Gerald Bakken.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. The Rev. Stephanie Frey will officiate. Friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Roble Funeral Home of Spring Grove is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.roblefuneralservice.com.