Stephen Wiles (1922 - 2016)

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Stephen Gapen Wiles was born on a farm near Murray, Nebraska on January 23, 1922 to parents Guy H. and Elsie Gapen Wiles. He passed away on November 14, 2016 in Conroe, Texas.

He graduated from Plattsmouth Nebraska High School in 1939 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1943.

He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1943-1946. Two of those years were served in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. A further two years (1950-1952) were served at the Office Chief of Engineers in Washington, D.C.

He had a 38-year career with Shell Oil Company in various engineering and management assignments involved in drilling and producing oil and gas. His living and work locations included Oklahoma, Texas, Lousiana, California, New York City and The Hague, Netherlands.

He was married to Theda Rae Bonewell in Blackwell, Oklahoma on July 2, 1948. He referred to their nearly 68-year marriage as "a wonderful partnership." They are steadfast members of First United Methodist Church of Conroe, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Theda Rae, son Stephen A. Wiles of Edmonds, Washington; son Randall E. Wiles (deceased) married to Marjorie Wiles of New Orleans, La.; daughter Rebecca A. Collins, married to James Collins of Lake Jackson, Texas; and daughter Robin S. Harwell, married to Jeffrey Harwell of Allen, Texas.

He is further survived by his grandchildren Jack Wiles, and wife, Alexis, Meredith Wiles, Joshua Collins and wife Chelsea, Nicholas Collins and wife Megan, Meghan Harwell-Bitoun, and husband Jacob and Grace Harwell. Great grandchildren are Jackson Wiles, Jack and Maggie Collins and Isaiah Bitoun.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 29th at 10:30 a.m. in the Faith Chapel at First United Methodist Church of Conroe, Tx.


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Cashner Funeral Home
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Conroe, TX 77303
(936) 756-2126
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