Archive for Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Othal 0. Wiley and Eva B. Wiley

May 9, 2001

Memorial services for Othal 0. Wiley and Eva Graham Wiley will be at 11 a.m. May 19, 2001, at the Reno Church, located in the Tonganoxie Historical Park, Tonganoxie. Inuurnment will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Relatives and friends are invited to return to the church to share a noon meal and memories.

Othal 0. Wiley, 100, died May 3, 2001, at Yuma, Ariz. Eva Graham Wiley, 96, died March 11, 2001 at Somerton, Ariz.

Othal 0. Wiley was born Feb. 24, 1901, near Linwood, the son of Lemuel and Anna Hilner Wiley. He grew up in Leavenworth and attended school there.

For many years he farmed near Reno. To better his health he went to Arizona and while there he grew a variety of citrus fruit. He collected precious rocks in the desert and made jewelry using the stones he had cut and polished. During the time he lived in the Reno area, he served on the Reno Township Board, Leavenworth County Conservation Board and was a member of Reno Methodist Church.

Eva Graham Wiley was born March 24, 1905, near McLouth, the daughter of Robert and Nannie Osborn Graham. She graduated from Tonganoxie High School and attended Emporia State Teachers College, where she received a teaching certificate. She taught at Smith School, northeast of Tonganoxie, for two years. She was a member of the Reno Methodist Church, Reno Ladies Aid, Busy Bee Club, Kent Homemakers EHU. She served on the Leavenworth County EHU Extension Council and as justice of the peace for Reno Township. From 1962 to 1969, she worked at the University of Kansas Student Housing Department as a cook.

In Yuma, she volunteered at the Senior Citizen Nutrition Center and received an honorary citation for her work. She also helped with the Council on Aging.

The couple were married Nov. 2, 1924, and celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2000. During their marriage the couple traveled and visited all 50 states.

Memorial services for both also were conducted Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Yuma.

Survivors of the couple include three children, Janet Kaiser, Topeka, Emil F. Wiley, and June Hagenbuch, Law-rence; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and a stepgreat-great-grandchild.

Mr. Wiley is also survived by a brother, Walter Wiley, and a sister, Elizabeth Hammons, Tonganoxie.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Tonganoxie Historical Society for the Reno Church, the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, the Amer-ican Diabetes Association or the American Heart Associ-ation, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie, 66086.

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