First Responders 13

Larry H. Miles

September 11, 1945 ~ June 17, 2022 (age 76)


Larry H. Miles, 76, of Oppenheim, New York passed away peacefully on Friday morning, June 17, 2022 at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York with his loving wife and family by his side. 

He was born on September 11, 1945 in Little Falls, New York and was the son of the late Howard and Elizabeth Miles. Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and graduated with the Class of 1965.  

On August 20, 1999, Larry was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Jean Lyon in Oppenheim, New York. The couple would have shared 23 years of marriage together this year. 

Larry spent 28 years of his working life dedicated to General Electric in Utica, New York as a machinist. He then transferred to Remington Arms in Ilion, New York where he spent his last seven years of service to the company until his retirement in 2006.

Larry was a long-time member of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company. Prior to his membership with Hilltop, he was a member of the R.G.L. Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a former member of the Lassellsville United Methodist Church and a member of the N.R.A. He enjoyed playing cards, his family hunting camp on Denure Road, Town of Ephratah, many years of camping spent on Peck Lake, in younger years, bowling for the Dopp’s Inn bowling team, spending time in his man cave in the garage and being an avid Genesee beer lover. He had a great love for his family and grandkids, especially his grandson, Blake, for whom he had a special bond with. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Virginia “Ginny” J. Miles at home; his children, Jodi Decker and her companion, Matt Simonelli of Dolgeville, NY, Greg Yatarola of Annapolis, MD, and Guy Yatarola of Stratford, NY; “Poppy’s Kids”, Mariah Decker and her companion, Dylan Wheeler of St. Johnsville, NY and Blake Decker and his companion, Erika Wellington of Dolgeville, NY; a great-grandson, Declan Wheeler; and special friends, Larry Sanders and Harold and Betty Weaver.  

Larry was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Lizzy Miles and a sister, Jane Ann Stearns.  

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York. A funeral service will be held immediately following calling hours at 12 p.m. also at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. R. W. Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Fical Cemetery, Town of Ephratah where he will be laid to rest.  

The family would like to thank Larry Sanders and Harold and Betty Weaver for their friendship and support and Terry and Sue Sharpou for being caring neighbors and friends and looking out for Larry and Ginny in their time of need. All of your support has been greatly appreciated and loved. 

Please consider memorial contributions for the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company, 7770 State Highway 29, Dolgeville, New York 13329 and please note in the check memo, “In Memory of Larry H. Miles” so that the donation can be properly acknowledged. 

To leave a message of sympathy for the family of Larry, please visit and sign the tribute wall.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Larry H. Miles, please visit our floral store.

Memorial Tree
A Memorial Tree was planted for Larry H.

We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, Inc.

Join in honoring their life - plant a memorial tree


Calling Hours
June 22, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Miller-Plonka Funeral Home
30 Wolf Street
Dolgeville, NY 13452

Funeral Service
June 22, 2022

12:00 PM
Miller-Plonka Funeral Home
30 Wolf Street
Dolgeville, NY 13452

June 22, 2022

1:00 PM
Fical Cemetery
Fical Rd.
Scotch Bush, NY 13452


Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company
7770 State Highway 29, Dolgeville NY 13329
Tel: 1-315-429-3211

© 2022 Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility