A.P. Wiley (1924 - 2014)

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Wiley, A.P. 90, passed away on June 24, 2014 in Dallas. He was born on June 18, 1924 to Florence and A.P. Wiley Sr. He joined the ROTC while attending Adamson High School in Oak Cliff and graduated in January 1942, six weeks after Pearl Harbor. He enrolled at Texas A & M University where he joined the Ross Volunteers and the Texas A&M Cadet Corps. In 1943, at age eighteen, he temporarily left school to serve in the European Theatre during World War II as an Army Sergeant in M Company, 120th Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. During the winter of 1944 he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. As a result of his WWII service, A.P. was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, European Theater of Operations Medal with four Campaign Stars (Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe), Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, American Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Belgian Fourragere, French Fourragere, and three Expert Marksman Awards. In 1994 he published an account of his World War II experience called "War at Ground Level." After the war, he returned to Texas A&M in 1946 and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation he returned to Dallas to join his father in the construction business, and in 1960 joined his brother James to form Wiley Brothers General Contractors. A.P. married Earline in 1967. A.P. Wiley Jr. received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas A&M in 1994, and an Outstanding Alumni Award from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M in 1992. He has served on the President's Council of Advisors and the Development Councils of both the College of Business and the College of Veterinary Medicine. A.P. and Earline are the benefactors of numerous scholarships at Texas A&M including the Sul Ross Scholarship and the President's Endowed Scholarship. The Wileys have a Chair in the College of Engineering in memory of Florence and A.P. Wiley, Sr. as well as Professorships in the College of Business and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1984, he and his brother endowed Texas A&M's internationally-renowned MSC Wiley Lecture Series and assisted the program with their advice and resources. Wiley has served as president of the 30th Infantry Division Association and was presented the Dallas A&M Club's Jimmy Williams Award for service to his community and to Texas A&M. He and Earline have been active supporters of the arts, the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas Zoo throughout the years. He is survived by his wife Earline, his brother, James and wife, Virginia; nephews, Alan and wife, Melinda, Jim and wife, Karen, Glen and wife, Ann, and Don and wife, Julia, along with niece, Judy Peden and husband, Roger, and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Special thanks to close family friend Cindi Welch, D.V.M. and husband, Bob, as well as to A.P.'s longtime caregivers Ree Daniels, Marcelene Henderson, Lola Johnson, Mona Lockhart and David McClinton. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014 at Restland Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Restland Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The www.alz.org/donate, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine or The Dallas Humane Society at www.dognkittycity.org. Pallbears will be Roger Peden, Chris Wiley, Don Wiley, Glen Wiley, Alan Wiley and Robert Yeaman.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on June 27, 2014
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