Indiana Veterans Home – Lewis Eugene Wiley (Gene), 81, a long-time resident of Fowler, died peacefully at the Indiana Veterans Home on September 20, 2012, with his six children by his side. He was born on February 21, 1931, in Richmond, Indiana to the late Lewis Everett and Ruth Irene (Byrd) Wiley. He was married for 44 years to Mary Alice (Spillman) Wiley, who preceded him in death in 1996.
Gene was active as a brick mason for 35 years and a 50-year member of the International Association of Bricklayers, Local 4. In the mid-late 1960’s, along with his father, he was the co-foreman for brick work on the Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School. After retiring from his occupation as a brick mason, he worked for 10 years as a custodian at both Fowler Elementary and Benton Central High School.
A multi-sport athlete in high school, Gene excelled in all athletic disciplines. He was an exceptional basketball and baseball player and was invited by the Cincinnati Reds to tryouts after his senior year in high school, as a pitcher. Gene took up golf at the age of 21, while serving his country during the Korean conflict in service with the United States Navy. He went on to win Club Championships at the Portland Country Club (Portland, Ind.) and the Benton County Country Club (Fowler, Ind.). He was a top amateur golfer and competed successfully in both the VFW and Elks State tournaments, finishing in the top five several times.
He is survived by his six children; Deb Keys (Dick) of Lafayette, LuAnn Wing (Rick) of Fowler, Rene Adwell (Greg) of Fowler, Eric Wiley (Donna) of Oxford, Jeri Lynn Kreps (Bart) of Columbus and Joe Bill Wiley (Betsy) of Indianapolis. He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two sisters, Carolyn Finch (Bud) of Portland, Ind. and Cindy (Van Skyock) Shawver (Mike) of Portland, Ind. and a sister-in-law, Wilma Davis (Doug) of Pennville, Ind. He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Naomi Hottinger of Muncie, Ind., and a great-grandson, Jonah Sturgeon.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 24, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Windler Funeral Home (506 E. Main Street) in Fowler. A poppy service will be held at 7 p.m. during visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the Fowler Christian Church (106 N. Madison). Interment will be at the Fowler Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Indiana Chapter of ALS, Inc., or the Benton County Country Club Memorial Fund, Fowler, Ind.