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Robert Lee Wiley passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at 8 a.m. in Sherman.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Waldo Funeral Home Chapel located at 619 N. Travis St. Sherman. Officiating at the services will be Rev. Joe Ed Goolsby, First United Methodist Church, Sherman. Burial will be in Van Alstyne Cemetery, Van Alstyne, Texas.

Robert Wiley, a native of North Texas, is the son of Beulah and John Newt Wiley. Following High School and attending Strayers College, Washington D.C., he entered the Army Air Corps in 1935, and served in all enlisted ranks from Private to First Sergeant, Chief Master Sergeant, Chief Warrant Officer, and holds permanent rank of Captain USAR Ret, with 39 years of which five years was in combat and non-combat service, World War II and Korea, winning several outstanding awards and decorations.

After a tour as Adjutant, 31st Inf Regt. (Bearcat) 7th Inf Div on the DMZ, Korea, he was elected to serve as Administrator and Aide-de-Camp to General Maxwell Taylor, Eight Army Commander, Korea. This job included responsible and highly classified material working with the staff of the American Ambassador and Korea President Syngman Rhee. Also he served with the Army General Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C..

In 1956, he retired from the 41st Arty Group, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He took the Civil Service Entrance Test and was assigned to the Base Controller's office, Fort Sill, Okla. After working there as Management Analyst, he transferred to Management of Supply, Kelly AFT, San Antonio, Texas, where he attended San Antonio College. Then he became an Industrial Engineer. During this assignment he won several awards, including two Superior Performance Awards on special assignments.

In December 1974, he retired as a federal employee. Shortly after retirement he moved to Sherman, Texas to be near the children. It was here that he took up woodworking.

After several classes in the SAVE Program at Grayson College he wrote several books. After writing stories and poems at Grayson County College, he joined Dr. Jerry Lincecum, Professor of English, Austin College, who established the autobiographical writing of our stories. It was his association with these people that inspired his writing of memories of life gone by. In addition to "Impressions of My World," he wrote "Misch, Masch, and Musch," "Scrambled Eggs Well Done," "Stories from the Comedy Store," It's Story Telling Time" and "Reminisces of Good Times."

Robert served in a variety of volunteer positions, State Certified Ombudsman on the Beneficiary Advisory Committee, Area Agency on Aging of Texoma, as mentor for the First United Methodist Church, on the Sherman City Comprehensive Planning Committee, on the Texoma Regional Advisory Council on the Aging and on the Senior Avocation-Vocational Education Board, Grayson County College – SAVE Program.

He held membership in several organizations in the area. He was a Charter and Lifetime Honorary member of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Honorary Lifetime member of the National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees, Chapter 1290 (Ex. President) and member of American Association of Retired Persons. Captain Wiley has been a member of The United Service Automobile Assn., in San Antonio for 60 years.

Robert Lee Wiley was married to Mary Frances Morriss on Feb. 22, 1941, Van Alstyne, Texas, with Rev. T.H. Craft, Pastor of Van Alstyne Methodist Church, officiating. They celebrated their 71st Wedding Anniversary on February 2012, Sherman, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his son Ronald Lee, his brothers Eugene and Wilburn and his sister Bessie Mullinax. He is survived by his wife of the home and daughter Linda Kay Loftin, daughter-in-law Sherry L. Wiley and grandsons, Rickey and Randy of Rowlett, Texas. Other grandchildren are Debora Sparks and husband Deryell, Coppell, Texas, Julie Elkins and husband Lee of Bryan, Texas, DeeDee Kay and husband Luke. He is also survived by his brother-in-law James Leo Morriss and wife Patsy of Midland, Texas. There are seven great-grandchildren, Amanda and Emily Sparks of Coppell, Texas, Shawn and Ryan Elkins of Bryan, Texas, Landon Robinson, Will Kelly and Madisyn Kay of Little Elm, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Waldo Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. If desired, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Sherman, Texas.

Pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law Deryell Sparks, Lee Elkins and Luke Kay also great-grandsons Shawn Elkins, Ryan Elkins, and Landon Robinson.

An online register may be signed at www.waldofuneralhome.com.

Services are under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Oct. 26, 2012
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