Royce Miles, former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel executive, dies at 54

Royce Miles, former executive chairman and chief executive of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinelat a meeting in 2013. (Photo by Gary Porter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Royce Miles, a former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel executive, died suddenly on April 3 at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha with his family by his side, the Sentinel Diary reports. He was 54 years old.

Miles rose through the ranks of the paper’s production, becoming the paper’s executive vice president and general manager, the publisher’s No. 2. He then served as Chief Operating Officer for Journal Media Group, Inc.

Miles was part of the team that planned and helped to fully open the Sentinel Diaryof the West Milwaukee printing plant in 2003. The plant will print its last newspapers next month.

Miles turned to printing and graphic design while in high school, and eventually found his way to The Washington Post, where he started as an apprentice press operator. He was part of a program that allowed employees to pursue studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he eventually earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to earn an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

George Stanley, editor of the Sentinel Diaryrecalled Miles’ passion for work and his colleagues.

“Royce helped lead Sentinel Diary through a difficult period of industry transition with his integrity, honesty and deep concern for our employees and for serving our community,” said Stanley.

The funeral service was held on April 5 in Kenosha. Memorials to support his grandson’s education would be appreciated.

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