Soldotna resident James Herbert Wiley died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital due to congestive heart trouble. He was 84. A memorial service will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Soldotna at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Mr. Wiley was born on July 1, 1917, in Batavia, Iowa. He worked as a draftsman for both the San Diego County and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He also worked as a cook for the oil companies.
"He had a unique approach to life and may be remembered by Soldotna residents for his moose hunting expeditions (especially the trip by the bicycle, replete with pots and pans banging against the wheels as he peddled down the road with his Mauser slung over his shoulder," the family said.
"Jim was a kind, gentle and loyal man. His fondest memories included serving his country in the U.S. Army. He served during World War II and was awarded several medals, including the distinguished Bronze Star given for bravery in battle," his family said.
"He found the beauty of nature in the most unexpected ways and taught us to respect the earth. He was a very generous and accepting man. He allowed people to be who they were rather than living up to someone else's expectations. Our dad had a vivacious sense of humor and instilled in all his children the famed 'Wiley humor' and an exceptional appreciation for chocolate. His absence will be deeply felt by all of us," his children said.
"Goodbye 'Daddy Jim' ... until we meet again."
He is survived by his wife Donna Wiley; daughters, Bonnie Nesvick, Debra Howell, Joni Judd; son Donald Wiley; grandchildren, Adam Wiley, Robert, Joseph and David Nesvick, Erin Wiley Harkin, Shawnee, Audry, Abby, Kiera and Kylie Judd; great-grandson Owen James Harkin.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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