Gary 1st Sergeant Wiley's Memorial

Gary 1st Sergeant Wiley
(1939 - 2008)


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Name: Mr Gary 1st Sergeant Wiley
Nick Name: Rod; Top
Gender: Male
Age: 68 years old
Lived: Tuesday, 14 November 1939 - Wednesday, 30 January 2008

My Story

Gary David Wiley was born in Burton, Kentucky on November 14, 1939. He was born to Overton Wiley and Mary Mabel Wiley nee Dixon. He grew up in the hills and coal mines of Kentucky with his four brothers : Overton Jr., Jimmy, Jack, and Russell (Rusty) and three sisters :  Betty, Helen, and Elena. After graduating high school from Wheelwright High in 1957 he immediately entered the US Air Force. After serving four years in the Air Force he decided he wanted something a little more challenging and within a couple weeks was in the US Army. He became a medic and served three tours in Vietnam as a combat medic. He travelled the world while in the Army and while stationed in South Korea met and married Tai Hwa Chang in June of 1963. In 1972 they adopted a korean orphan when she was about two weeks old and named her Donna Kay Wiley. Gary stayed in the Army for twenty years and finally retired a First Sergeant or Top. After retiring from the service he got a job with the US Postal Service as a letter carrier. He went on to become highly involved with the Union as a Shop Steward and Union Representative for Branch 1100. He finally became a grandfather to Jeremiah Thaddeus Wiley-Straight in 1992. Jeremiah was truly his pride and joy and the apple of his eye.
He stayed employed with the USPS until his death on January 30, 2008. He was 68 years old. Everyone who was fortunate enough to have met him instantly respected and liked him. He was one of those men who personifies what it means to be a good American man: hard-working, loyal, loving, and willing to give his life for others and his country. A great man has left this Earth, but his spirit is still with us. He will continue to guide us and protect us with his presence and love.

Gary is survived by his wife, Tai, daughter, Donna, grandson, Jeremiah, brothers Jimmy, Jack, and Rusty, and his sister Betty.

Please if anyone has any corrections or any information they would like added let me know.


Donna Wiley

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Fathers Name: Overton Wiley
Mothers Name: Mary Mabel Dixon-Wiley
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Ontario
Occupation: Government
Marital Status: Married


Favourite Sport: Baseball
Favourite Team: New York Yankees
Favourite Book: any on Vietnam
Favourite Movie: The Godfather
Favourite Music Genre: Miscellaneous
Favourite Artist: Neil Diamond
Favourite Charity: DAV-Disabled American Veterans


Place of Passing: San Antonio Community Hospital
Date of Passing: 30 January 2008
Cause of Passing: pulmonary embolism
Type of Funeral: Military
Place of Burial: Riverside National Cemetary
Plot Number: 57B -1885
Funeral Location: Dickey Mortuary
Funeral Date: 6 February 2008

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