Robert Bob Wiley, 58, passed away on October 18, 2011 in Lawrence, Kansas. He was born on November 21, 1952 in Alamosa, Colorado, the son of Keith and Ruby Weiss Wiley. Robert grew up in Lyndon and had lived in Pomona and Ottawa. He worked for the Santa Fe R.R. as a trackman and also a B & B painter and was the last foreman for Santa Fe in that job. He continued to work for the B.N.S.F. R.R., where he was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way, being a union delegate and chapter president. He was a council member and past president of the Aesthetes Motorcycle Club in Ottawa, a founder of the Franklin County Independent Bikers, a member of the Eagles Z-7 of Ottawa, ABATE of Kansas, NRA and Kansas Rifle Assn. He volunteered at the Ottawa Library and the V.A. in Topeka. He had been a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Centropolis Baptist Church. Robert was married to Teri Harford on September 14, 1974, they later divorced. He was married to Anita Poe on October 10, 1997 in Douglas County. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Keith Wiley. He is survived by his wife, Anita of Rantoul; two sons, Nathan (Annie) Wiley and Nick (Casey) Wiley, all of Lyndon; two daughters, Brittany Wiley and Mia Wiley, both of Rantoul; a God-daughter, Shelly Smith of Ottawa; two brothers, Dennis (Mary) Wiley of Emporia and David Wiley of Lyndon; one sister, Janet (Robert) Bates of Lawrence; and three granddaughters, Emma Wiley, Jada Seyler and Alina Wiley. Funeral services for Robert will be at 12:00pm, Saturday, October 22, at the Mt. Pleasant Community Church southeast of Lyndon. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00am until 12:00pm at the church. Cremation will follow services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Franklin County Veterans Memorial, or the Franklin County Independent Bikers Toys for Kids and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, Kansas 66451.
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Oct. 20, 2011