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Galen Wiley

Posted November 20, 2012 in Boone, Obituaries

March 30, 1917 – November 15, 2012

Galen Wiley

Galen Wiley, age 95, of 1504 Aldrich Avenue, died November 15, 2012, at the Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Boone with Rev. Phil Webb officiating.

Burial with Military Honors conducted by the Boone Veterans Council will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery.

Galen was born in Boone on March 30, 1917, the son of Ralph and Josephine (Erickson) Wiley.

He graduated from Boone High School in 1935.

Galen served with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a First Lieutenant and piloted B-17s on bombing missions in Europe.

On May 4, 1946, Galen married Marian Welsh in Boone.

In 1946, Galen began serving the City of Boone, first as Assistant Clerk and then Clerk.

He also served as Airport Commissioner.

Galen retired in 1982.

He was a member of the V.F.W. #817, the Boone Pilots Association, and the Cockleburrs.

After his retirement, Galen remained active at the Boone airport. The airfield was named the Galen Wiley Field in his honor.

Galen enjoyed yard work, visiting friends and family, piloting airplanes when he was younger, and attending and tailgating at ISU Football games.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marian in July of this year, two sons William and Richard, and two sisters Marilyn and Doris.

Galen is survived by a daughter Shirley Wiley of Boone; a daughter-in-law Sara Wiley of Boone; three grandchildren Alex Wiley of Boone, Emily Haase and husband Paul of Pella, and Amanda Wiley of San Francisco, California.

Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall on Tuesday from 2 until 5 p.m. and then at the Boone Airport at CY Aviation from 6 until 8 p.m.

Visitation on Wednesday will be at the Church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

In memory of Galen, memorials may be directed to the family.

Information provided by:
Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Inc.
1006 6th Street
Boone, IA 50036

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