Obituaries » Russell Wayne Russ Wiley
02/20/1945 - 04/11/2018
Russell Wayne ‘Russ’ Wiley, age 73, of Wapello, died Wednesday morning, April 11, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The son of Lawrence ‘Huck’ and Wilda Pogemiller Wiley, he was born on February 20, 1945. Russ married Linda Lea Reiman on June 25, 1965 at Morning Sun. She preceded him in death on October 30, 2002. He married Deborah ‘Debbie’ Cross on August 20, 2005 in Muscatine.
Russ graduated from Wapello High School in 1963 and attended Burlington Community College where he played baseball. He first worked at HON Industries in Muscatine and then worked at Monsanto where he retired in 2000.
He had been a member of the Grandview Community Bible Church and then at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Wapello. He enjoyed trout fishing, duck hunting, playing golf, and bicycling. Russ also enjoyed music and played the tuba both in high school and later in a dance band combo. He also spent many of his later years singing with the Keck Men’s Chorus known as the ‘Geezers’. Russ not only loved animals but thoroughly loved his children and grandchildren and any of their activities.
His family includes his wife, Debbie; three children, Wendy & John Zdeb of Hampshire, Illinois, Matt & Gina Wiley of Cedar Rapids, and Beth Wiley & Mac Moore of Alma, Wisconsin; six grandchildren, Emmalee Miller, Peyton Hagens, Luke and Zachary Zdeb, Reese Wiley, and Samuel Moore; a great granddaughter, Averie Miller; two stepchildren, Jeff & Joy Thurston of Bellville, Illinois and Janie Thurston of Ames; and six step grandchildren, Jonathan, Jeremy, Christopher, Courtney, Connor, and Baylie. He was preceded in death by his father, Huck; his mother, Wilda when he was 7; his stepmother, Blanche; his first wife, Linda; his oldest son, Byron ‘BJ’; and a brother, Tom Wiley.
The visitation with the family to meet with relatives and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Wapello. The funeral ceremony for Russ Wiley will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Solid Rock Baptist Church with Pastor Dan Doolin officiating. A lunch gathering will follow the service at the church.
Cremation has been fulfilled. Memorial gifts will benefit the Solid Rock Baptist Church and the Wapello Rescue Unit.