Eric Christopher James Giles


Eric Christopher James Giles, 31, of DeGraff, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, as result of an ultralight plane accident near Quincy.

Eric was born April 7, 1983, in Bellefontaine, the son of the late Donald R. Giles, who passed away Sept. 27, 2013, and Audrey (Cook) Giles  of Quincy, who survives.

He is also survived by his wife, Sally (Stafford) Giles, whom he married on June 30, 2008 in Gatlinburg, Tenn.; their daughter, Shailyn Sahara Giles at home, two brothers; Charles Matthew “Matt” Giles of Quincy and Joshua Danielle “Josh” Giles of Sidney, maternal grandparents, Leonard and Ann Cook of DeGraff, two uncles, Bill (Cindy) Giles of Lakeview and Steve (Deborah) Cook of Quincy and two aunts; Karen Young of DeGraff and Brenda (Bob) Covault of DeGraff;  five nieces and nephews; Chelsea, Shelby, and Riley Giles and Danica and Carter Purtee; mother-in-law, Sarah Stafford of DeGraff and father-in-law, William Fosters Stafford of Mansfield, England.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William Ralph and Flora Helen Giles, and two uncles, Tony Giles and Robert Williams.

Eric was a 2002 graduate of Riverside High School in DeGraff and then graduated from Caterpillar heavy equipment training in North Carolina.  He was a “hands on” guy who enjoyed tinkering with just about anything including restoring antique tractors with his father.  He loved flying, four-wheeling, boating, fishing and riding his motorcycle.  Most of all he loved to spend time with his family, especially his wife and daughter.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 210 W. Hayes St., DeGraff.

Denny Brown will officiate funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in the DeGraff funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shailyn Sahara Giles Education Fund, in care of the United Midwest Bank, 101 South Main Street, DeGraff, Ohio, 43318.