Hugh R. Wiley

January 2, 2014

Hugh R. Wiley 84, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died January 2, 2014 at Clare Bridge of Carmel. Born January 13, 1929 on the family farm in Boone County to Arthur Newton & Mildred Flossie (Reish) Wiley. He married Jacqueline Wesner on January 27, 1950 and she preceded him in death on June 16, 1992. He then married Marilyn (Wills) Harding on January 8, 1994 and she preceded him in death on November 8, 2013. Hugh was a 1947 graduate of Kirklin High School and attended Purdue University, where he studied engineering. He was a tool and die maker at Allison Transmission retiring in 1979 after 30 years. He was also a Real Estate Agent. He was raised Methodist and was a member of the University Heights United Methodist Church in Indianapolis and was an associate member of the First Baptist Church in Lebanon. Mr. Wiley taught Sunday school, enjoyed camping, traveling with his family, photography, real estate, enjoyed teaching kids and coached Little League football at Baxter YMCA. He was also an avid Colts fan and a Purdue fan.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 a.m.-Noon. at Goodwin Funeral Home with the service following at 12 Noon. Burial will be in Mud Creek Cemetery in Boone County. Memorial donations may be made to Wheeler Mission or Alzheimer’s Association.

Survived by:

4 Daughters: Pam (Tom) Gonder of Ocean Springs, MS, Liz (Randy) Bowman of Noblesville, Sue Inman of Fishers, Melinda (Larry) Wilson of Indianapolis, 3 Sons: Phil (Rita) Wiley of Indianapolis, Fred (Jan) Wiley of Indianapolis, Ed (Tracey) Wiley of Indianapolis, 3 Step Children: Scott T (Karen) Harding, Sara J. Harpham and Steve Harding, Brother: Robert N. (Roberta) Wiley of Thorntown, 20 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

A son, David Wiley, a brother, Bruce Wiley and a step daughter Susan Harding.


8 Condolences for “Hugh R. Wiley”

  1. Michael Wesner Wiley January 4, 2014 at 12:11 am

    A Great man has left from this World.
    My grandfather meant the world to me. I was born on the 200th “birthday” of the man he was named after. As a child he taught me great life values; integrity, honesty, fairness and kindness.
    He used to read the comics to us grandchildren on Sunday mornings with amazing animated voices.
    I’m pretty certain he knew Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone lol… at least that was the impression I was under as a young boy walking the Buffalo Trail as the Great White Buffalo roared down their path. He never ceased to amaze me with the knowledge and ingenuity that he possessed.
    I love my grandpa!
    His bear hugs, the smell of his old tobacco pipes, and the drive that man had! I don’t think he ever knew the meaning of “Quit”.
    Hugh was always curious to what kinda vehicle you were driving, what kind of work you were doing and had a story to relate to anything you told him.
    I spent a ton of time with Grandpa as a child at the Family rental properties on Medford Ave helping him And Smoot…. I really do miss those times, I really miss you Grandpa… can we sing, “on top of old smoky” just one more time….

    May you rest in peace and Grandpa Send Grandma n David my Love, oh and do you think you can say something to the Lord about helping the Colts out if its not to much to ask. I will always miss you, Love Michael.

  2. Judie & Walt Tjepkes January 4, 2014 at 5:10 am

    We did not know Mr. Wiley, however we knew Pam and Tom Gander and family. It is obvious that he was a wonderful man, who will be missed by many. We wish to offer our condolences to his entire family and friends. May you all be comforted in this trying time.

  3. Jenny & Larry LaGrange January 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    We have known Randy, Liz, and Matt for a long time. Over the years we have heard a lot about Liz’s dad, and we think he must have been pretty special. If for no other reason, how else could he have 8 children, hold down jobs, and travel?? We know Liz is a very special person, so it must come, in part from him. Since he was such an important part of so many people’s lives, we know your families will miss him a lot. May you feel God’s peace.

  4. Carol Brown January 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Such a wonderful man our Lord has taken,he has reieived your suffering, restored your sole amd returned you to those that had gone before you. You were a great father, grandfather and Great-grandfather who believed in taking care of your family. Very honest and streight forward. Thank you for all your help while Mikie was growning up. What a great man that has left this world, may you rest in pease now.
    You will be greatly missed.

  5. Randy Sloan January 6, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Fred and Ed,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families through this time of sorrow and loss. May God bring you comfort and peace.

  6. Melissa Wiley January 6, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    My grandpa was a wonderful man, as Mike stated above there are so many fond memories I/we have growing up with him as our grandfather.
    He was always there to put a smile on our faces. My daughters, his great-grand daughters were very fond of him as well, they referred to him as Dadoo. My oldest, Tierra came up with that name when she was about 2, she and her sisters, Brook and Krista have continued to call him that ever since.
    My grandpa will be missed dearly and will never be forgotten. I love you grandpa/Dadoo.
    ❤️love always, Melissa

  7. Kaye Albright January 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I saw Mr. Wiley at family functions, since my sister married Phil. I have heard the stories of this great man. My sister always told me of the times she and Phil visited he and his wife in the nursing home. She always mentioned how they would hold hands and cared for each other. She called me yesterday to tell me of the kind words Michael spoke of his grandfather. The short time my sister and niece has been in the family, I have observed how the family always included he and Marilyn in family functions, going to the assisted living or nursing home to visit. To the family in your grief, may the loving arms of our creator support and lift you up at this time. Focus on the good memories and know the many lives your dad and grandpa touched, you may never know how many.
    Kaye Albright ( Rita Wiley’s sister)

  8. Victoria Tompkins January 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Even though I had only known Grandpa Wiley for a short while compared to the rest of the family, I was blessed to have known him while he was still with us. He’s still here now in our hearts. I remember the last time I saw him was when Liz, my mom, and Phil were talking to hospice about whats going to take place. I was there while he was being fed then he wanted to watch the T.V see what kind game is on. It makes since now why we are really into football and sports as it must come from him. I’m so blessed to see what a gentle loving soul Grandpa Wiley was. I always would see the love he and Marylin had for one another. It was such rare and special thing. He has earned his wings in heaven and was certainly one courageous man. He will be missed always and never forgotten.

    With love always,
    Victoria Tompkins ( Rita’s daughter)

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