Kenneth Redding (Pete) Wiley
Mr. Pete Wiley, 91, of Logan was born December 10, 1926 at Aracoma, WV. He was the son of the late Robert K. Wiley and Blanche Redding Wiley. He went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at CAMC General Hospital where he was surrounded by his loving family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Randy L. Drake; sisters Betty Crawford, Ruth Kelley, Hope Robinson, Jean Belcher, Iva Smith and brother Crawford Wiley.
Pete attended Logan High school. He began work at a very early age (12-13 years old) as a mechanic and was soon able to tear down and rebuild a vehicle motor as good as a professional mechanic. Pete shared stories of being trusted to drive a tractor trailer to Charleston and pick up sugar for delivery to the beverage companies around Logan adding that he could barely see over the steering wheel because he was only Fifteen (15) years old at the time.
At age 16, Pete enlisted in the Army during World War II. After competing training, the Army discovered he was under age and delayed deployment over seas until he came of age. Initially Pete was assigned to the Infantry seeing action in the Philippines, however, due to his mechanical skills he was assigned to the motor pool. He shared that he was on a ship headed for Japan when the war ended. After the war ended, he served at the General Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. While there he worked in the motor pool and maintained General MacArthur’s military vehicle.
Pete served as a Merchant Policeman for the city of Logan in the 1950’s and 60’s. in addition he served as West Logan Police Chief. Pete worked for National Cable Repair in the 1970’s as a service driver. He worked for and retired from Marrowbone Development Company in the Security and EMS department.
He is survived by his wife Faye Wiley, sisters, Ella Mae Marlow of Muncie, IN, and Helen Ann Adams of Branchland, WV; daughters Brenda Avenmarg, of Texas, and Betty (John) Flesher of Madison, WV and son Bobby (Teresa) Shannon of Chapmanville, WV; eight grand children Candice, Randy, Kelly, Kevin, Rhonda, Mark, Megan, and Tyler along with two special pets Chloe and Sugar and a host of other family and friends.
Services will be conducted Friday July 6, 2018 at the Akers- James Funeral Home with pastor Cebern Blankenship officiating. Visitations will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Service to follow at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at the Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at www.jamesfh.com
Akers-James Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.