Leo Ward Wiley entered into eternal life on Feb. 7, 2013 at the age of 88. Ward was born on Sept. 30, 1924 to Ernest and Agnes (Klie) Wiley.
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Ward grew up on the family farm near Hale with brothers Ray and Royce. He attended Browning Grade School and graduated from Armel High School in 1942.
As a man, Ward loved the land. He was enriched by all of the beauty and majesty that God gave him to enjoy. He was a devoted farmer and rancher and took pride in his life's work.
As a husband, he adored his beautiful bride of 68 years. Ward started dating the love of his life, Vaudie Jones, their junior year of high school. Their first date was to the junior prom banquet and then to a movie in Wray.
Ward and Vaudie were married Jan. 14, 1945 at the Methodist Church in St. Francis, Kan.
As a father, he knew how lucky he was to have three loving daughters. Patricia, Susan and Sally.
In 1984 Ward and Vaudie moved to Burlington and he continued to farm and ranch until retiring in 1996.
They enjoyed volunteering at the Colorado Welcome Center and traveling. Some of his greatest joys came from visiting with friends and neighbors, usually over a cup of coffee, playing pinochle, and of course getting to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ward and Vaudie delighted in atttending their 4-H and FFA activities, sporting events, music programs and plays. Ward was a proud member of the St. Francis Masonic Lodge No. 404 and was honored to receive his 65-year certificate from the Grand Lodge of Kansas.
Ward and Vaudie moved to Wheatridge in Goodland, Kan. in 2010 and then to Greeley in July of 2012.
Ward is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and son-in-law Steve Knodel.
He is survived by his wife, Vaudie; daughters Patricia Meyer and husband Les of Greeley, Sally Parker and husband Brett of Burlington and Susan Knodel of Idalia; sisters-in-law Dolores Wiley of St. Francis, Kan. and JoAnn Wiley of Burlington; six grandchildren, six and a half great-grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews, along with many wonderful friends also survive him.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 11, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in St. Francis, Kan. with the Reverend Warren Cico officiating.
Pallbearers were Reed Parker, Gale Wiley, Robin Wiley, Kent Wiley, Keith Wiley, Charles Bandel, Dave Smith and Jeff Raile.
Interment was at the Armel Cemetery, Armel.
Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis, Kan. was in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Burlington Record on Feb. 28, 2013