Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Gilbert H. ‘Gib’ Wiley
Gib Wiley, 92, a resident of The Dalles for 82 years, passed away at a wonderful local care facility on Oct. 11, 2005.
He was born on April 21, 1913, in Thera, Wash., the first of six children to Irving Nathanial and Marjorie Augusta (Chalenor) Wiley.
The Wileys moved to The Dalles when Gib was 10 years old, and he graduated from The Dalles High School in 1930. Gib always claimed that the Wileys brought the game of badminton to The Dalles.
Gib attended all of the major colleges in the state, including Oregon State, Eastern Oregon Southern Oregon, and the University of Oregon, along with Washington State University. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity while at the U of O, and a member of the 1938-39 Tall Firs basketball team. He finally ended up with degrees in both teaching and business administration.
Medical problems kept him out of World War II, but he spent many of those war years working for North American Aviation in Los Angeles, creating printed manuals for military aircraft. While in Los Angeles, he met and married his wife, Jeanne, in January 1946.
Gib’s teaching career began in Paisley, Ore., where he also spent time hunting geese on the nearby lakes. In later years, he returned to Paisley to reconnect with his past, and found former students that remembered him. Gib was principal at Petersburg school in the 1950s and later taught at Chenowith Middle school.
He taught with other well-remembered teachers and staff, including Howard Steers, Larry Bertram, Thelma Bertrand and Donna Richmond. Gib was recognized and approached by former students until his last days. Many remembered his “paddle.”
Gib made many attempts at political life, but was never elected, probably because of his brutal honesty and outgoing nature.
He was discussing the state’s impending public education crisis 30 years before the mainstream acknowledged its existence. He ruffled many feathers with his forward thinking ideas on how to solve public education and other political crises that were looming at the time. His piercing letters to the editor haunted the local newspaper for years - expressing opinions on topics such as taxes, school funding, and how the heavy-handed role of state and local government affects the lives of private citizens.
He loved to play bridge and other competative games. Many young and newly confident bridge players were “sacrificed” by Gib and his relatives, quickly putting these newcomers’ “knowledge” in perspective. Many remember him on the volleyball court at age 70, keeping up with people half his age.
After his retirement from teaching at age 63, he moved on to a job he really loved — managing his forest land near Mosier. For the next 25 years, you could find Gib at the Sky Ranch with his hard hat on. He was recognized numerous times by state forestry officials for his use of progressive forest practices.
In the days of massive clear- cuts and irresponsible land use, Gib’s vision for his property made him truly ahead of his time.
In 1995, he was the recipient of the Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year award and later competed for a national tree farm title.
Gib is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne, and by his children and their spouses; Cynthia and Brian Brogan of Vancouver, Wash.; Kevin Wiley and Barbara Downey of Milwaukee, Ore.; and Cecelia Wiley and Dan Brogan of Mosier, Ore.; grandchildren Andy, Laura, Michelle, Sam and Finley.
His sisters, Virginia Cramblett and Margaret Wheeler of The Dalles, and Marilyn Todd of Salem, also survive him.
He was preceeded in death by a sister, Rosalie Hattenhauer, and a brother, Dick Wiley.
Many other relatives and their spouses played an important part in Gib’s life, including but not limited to, the following: Terry Vosse and children Peggy, Dorothy, Mike, Connie, Katie; Connie Gutowsky and children Ronald, Peter and Edward; Pete Kelly and children Mike and Sarah; Raymond Kelly and children Katy and Jim; Ginny Kelly and children Kelly and Ryan; Henry Kelly and children Ryan and Megan; Rose Kelly; Lona Davis and children Dee and Jason; Marilyn Fisk and children Jeff and Dawn; Doug Hattenhauer and children Pete, Alex and Tanna; Joy Krein and children Bob and Jenny; Donnie Wiley and children Angie, Sadie, Melanie and Amanda; Randy Wiley and children Ryan and Nathan; Carol Wiley and children TC and Kyle; Candace Ribera and children Angelique and Nick; Bill Todd; Carol Tramontina and children Jenny and Katie; Chris Anderson; Mike Todd; Jeff Todd; Vic Todd and children Jessica and Christy; T.C. Rau and son Todd.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the following: Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles; or Meals on Wheels, 1112 W. 9th St., The Dalles.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m in the gymnasium at the Civic Auditorium, 323 E. 4th, The Dalles.
Priscilla Ann Lindley, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died Oct. 15, 2005, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 75 years of age.
Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Hood River Church of the Nazarene. Concluding services and interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery.
Priscilla was born April 16, 1930, in Portland, Ore., to Oley and Wilma (Bateman) Hoover.
She was raised and educated in Gales Creek, Ore., and graduated from Western Oregon University.
In 1949 she and Frank Lindley were married in Forest Grove, Ore. She taught school for 15 years. Priscilla lived in Medford, Ore., prior to coming to Hood River in 1962.
She was a family historian, a longtime active member of the Hood River Church of the Nazarene and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Her husband Frank preceded her in death in 1998.
She is survived by her sons, Steven Lindley of Hood River, Ore., and Daniel Lindley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter Rozanne Lindley Griffin of Scappoose, Ore.; brother Charles Martin Hoover of Kingman, Ariz., and sister in law Myrtle Hoover of Medford, Ore.
Five grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont Hood River, OR 97031.
Frank Draper, a Parkdale, Ore., resident, died Oct. 13, 2005 at his residence. He was 68 years of age.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Parkdale Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions -Cremations),
Frank was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Parkdale, Ore., to Alfred and Mary (Leasure) Draper.
He was raised and educated in Parkdale, attending Mt. Hood Grade School and Wy’East High School. He resided in North Bend, Ore., for two years.
Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1957. On March 9, 1957, he and Lila Larson were married in Parkdale.
Frank had worked as a timber faller and log truck driver, and owned and operated the Mt. Hood Tavern from 1973 to 1981 and Mt. Hood Motors from 1981 to 1986. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, working on cars and pickups and his grandchildren
He is survived by his wife Lila of Parkdale; sons Corey Draper of Parkdale; Rick Draper of Odell, and Terry Draper of Parkdale, and sisters Betty Lou Smith of Coquille, Ore., and Alberta Almeida.
Seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.
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