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WILLIAM J. WILES

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WILLIAM J. WILES Obituary
WILES, William J. "Bill" Age 89, World War II Veteran. Formerly of Lexington, MA and Melbourne, FL, beloved husband of Mary Downey Wiles, died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Towson, MD. Bill was born and raised in Charlestown, MA. He was a graduate of Boston Latin High School Class of 1941, B.A. Harvard University Class of 1946, German language training at Johns Hopkins University, and Ed. M. Columbia University. In WW II, Bill fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and Bill served as a "Railsplitter" in the United States Army in Europe. He was a German translator in an intelligence unit and assisted in re-establishing local governments after Allied forces defeated the Nazis. After the war, Bill served in the Army Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Bill subsequently served for thirty years as a civilian at Hanscom Air Force Base as a Management Analyst. Bill courted Mary Downey and they were married in 1955. Bill and Mary were caring parents who raised their five children in Lexington MA. Bill is survived by his wife Mary of Lutherville MD; his children Eileen Sateriale (Kenneth) of Methuen MA, William Wiles of Lowell, MA, Edward Wiles of Reno NV, Margot Ziperman (Philip) of Burtonsville MD, and Charles Wiles of Raleigh NC; and his grandchildren Maura Sateriale of Honolulu HI, Carla Sateriale of London U.K, and Henry Ziperman of Burtonsville MD. Bill had a warm heart, a good sense of humor and he cared deeply for his family and friends, as did they for him. In accordance with Bill's wishes, a memorial service will be scheduled in the Spring. Interested friends and family may contact Margot Ziperman at mdzips@ yahoo.com for details. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project are suggested. See http://www. woundedwarriorproject.org/. Private Interment Westview Cemetery, Lexington Douglass Funeral Home Lexington 781-862-1800 www.douglassfh.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 26, 2014
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