Joseph E. Miles, 62, who had operated a painting and wallpapering firm in Washington for 30 years, died April 20 at Washington Hospital Center. He had an aortic aneurysm.

Mr. Miles was a native of Washington and a graduate of the old St. Cyprian's School. He was a 1935 graduate of Cardozo High School, where he earned letters in baseball and as a football quarterback.

He worked for the U.S. District Court before founding his company, which did exterior as well as interior work.

Mr. Miles, known to his friends since his days in athletics as "Duck," was a member of the St. Cyprian's Athletic Association, which sponsored sports events for area youth.

Survivors include his wife, Edie, of the home in Washington; a daughter, Brenda Gordon, of Everglades, Fla.; five sons, Joel, of Arlington, Darryl, of Honolulu, Keith, of Oregon, Frankie, of Hyattsville, and Bryant, of Maryland's Eastern Shore; five sisters, Mildred Hood, of Seat Pleasant, and Elsie Drew, Loretta Sanders, Alfreda Reavis, and Jean Hale, all of Washington; four brothers, Barrington of Seat Pleasant, Roland, of Edmonton, Alberta, and Howard and Leo, both of Washington, and eight grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to St. Cyprian's Scholarship Fund.