NLJ Staff

May 21, 1932–July 3, 2022

Joseph “Joe” Miglia, of Newcastle, Wyo., passed away in Rapid City, S.D., on Sunday, July 3, 2022, after a brief illness. 

Joe was born on May 21, 1932, in Lead, S.D., to Michelangelo and Theresa (Deiro) Miglia. He was one of six children born to the family. Joe attended school in Lead and graduated in 1950. 

In September of 1952, Joe joined the Army and served proudly for two years. After the military, he had a 44-year career as a lineman and line crew foreman for Black Hills Power and Light.

On May 11, 1968, Joe married Naomi Elfstrom, and together they welcomed three children, Barry, Brian, and Angela.  When the boys played Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, Joe volunteered as a coach. Joe was a member of the V.F.W., was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, and volunteered at Weston County Senior Services. 

Joe was preceded in death by his brothers, Mario and Modesto; sisters, Annie, Mary, and Shirley; and his parents.

Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Naomi; children, Barry (Anna) Miglia of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brian Miglia of Tucson, Ariz., and Angela Miglia of Cedar Rapids; and grandchildren, Zachary and Lily Miglia of Cedar Rapids, and Angelo Miglia of Tucson. 

Services will be held Thursday, July 14, a 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newcastle. Joe will be buried at Black Hills National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Weston County Senior Services or Christ the King Lutheran Church of Newcastle. 

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railroad Ave., Newcastle, WY, 82701 or expressions of sympathy may also be made online


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