HAMPTON - HAMPTON - On Jan. 1, 2014, Our Lord called William Roy "Bill" Wiley to be with him in Heaven. Bill was born in Bluefield, WV, April 12, 1937 and graduated from St. Vincent High School, in Newport News in 1955. After graduation, Bill attended the Apprentice program of the National Joint Apprenticeship School and graduated in 1959 as a certified electrician. In 1960 he began a 35 year career at NASA Langley Research Center. During the 1970's, Bill worked for the Daily Press as a part-time photographer while still at NASA. During that time he attended 12 Masters Golf Tournaments in Augusta, Georgia. In 1989, Bill began a part time position at Busch Gardens. After retirement from NASA in 1995, he worked full-time at the Anheuser Busch Hospitality Center where he was certified as a Beer Master, following education at the St. Louis Anheuser Busch Brewery. In 2002, Peninsula Catholic High School honored Bill with its second Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of volunteer service to the athletic department of St. Vincent High School, where he served as athletic director and baseball coach. He was a Vigil member of Kecoughtan Lodge 463, Order of the Arrow, and in 1987 he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for his 30 years of service in the Boy Scouts. Bill had been active in several civic organizations over the years serving as president of the Catholic Home Bureau and as a Grand Knight of Council 511, Knights of Columbus and Faithful Navigator of the 4th degree Assembly. He was proceeded in death by his father, William Roy Wiley Sr. and mother, Mary Elizabeth Wiley; brother James (Jim) Edward Wiley; and his wife of 38 years, Myrna Christine (Bunnie) Wiley. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Ellen Lugo and her husband, William, of Yorktown; two sons, James R. Wiley and his wife, Kristen, of Belleville, IL; and William R. Wiley III and his wife Melinda, of Holly Springs, NC; his four grandchildren, Will Lugo, Emma Lugo, Noah Wiley, and Ella Wiley; as well as seven nieces and four nephews. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Jan 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Resurrection will be celebrated by Father Charles Faul at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Tabb on Monday, Jan 6th at 6:00 pm with burial Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Cecilia Convent, Nashville, TN or
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Published in Daily Press on Jan. 4, 2014