Heaven gained an amazing man. Chantry's Grandpa Wiley passed away. He has been sick for quite some time and even though we know he is in a better place now and no longer suffering, it did not make it easy.
|Birth:||Jun. 11, 1918|
|Death:||Oct. 10, 2013|
Van Arlin Wiley, 95, passed away at home in Antimony on October 10, 2013, with his wife, Betty, by his side.
"Old Iron Butt" is making his last roundup in his favorite season of the year with the beautiful fall colors, hunting and cattle drives. He spent his last summer fishing on the boat he bought for his 95th birthday. His only regret was that he didn't get to go as often as he would have liked. He is now continuing his passion for fishing as a "fisher of men'.
Van was born June 11, 1918 in Marysvale, Utah to Charles Simons and Maude Beatrice Carpenter Wiley. He was raised in Antimony and attended Piute High School, College of Southern Utah and Utah State University. He taught school and was principal at Antimony Elementary. He has served on the Garkane Power Association Board of Directors, president of Piute County School Board, chairperson of Sevier Valley Trade Tech, president of Piute County Farm Bureau, Panguitch Hospital Board of Directors, Cattlemen Associations and president of various ditch companies.
Van served an LDS mission in the Western States Mission from 1939 to 1941. He has been Bishop of the Antimony Ward, a Panguitch Stake High Councilor, faithful Home Teacher and taught in many organizations.
Van met the love of his life while on his mission and upon returning home, he married Betty Lou Coppinger of Cortez, Colorado in Farmington, New Mexico on August 5, 1941. The marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple. They have spent most of their married life living in Antimony, farming and raising their family. They served together in the St. George Temple for many years and loved their time there.
Van was a devoted and dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ and husband and father. He taught by example of faith, love, service, integrity and hard work. His advice to his posterity was that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and he wished he had served more.
Van is survived by his wife, Betty of Antimony; children, Jeremy (Janine) Wiley of St. David, AZ, Sally (Tom) East of Mt. Pleasant, Marcia Tobiasson, Roma (Raymond) Henrie, Bill (Jane) Wiley, Tom Wiley all of Antimony; 18 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchldren; one great-great-grandson.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Berzell; grandchildren,Alisha Wiley andChristopher Huntsman.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in the Antimony LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary in Richfield on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 and at the ward chapel in Antimony on Friday from 10:30 to 11:30. Burial will be in the Antimony Cemetery
As you can tell from his obituary, he was an amazing man. He accomplished so much throughout his life. Chantry was very close to his grandpa and worked him nearly every day growing up on the ranch. I am so glad that they shared their closeness. I love hearing stories all the time of him and grandpa. Both of my grandpas had passed away before I was born, so he was really the only grandpa I had ever known too. Unfortunately, I didn't get to know the fun grandpa Chantry knows and tells me about, as he has been sick since about the time I met Chantry and I have always known him to be sitting in his chair at his house. I did enjoy always going over and visiting with him and hearing stories. He love my babies!! He really adored kids and it was so great to see him with my kids, especially as babies. At Thanksgiving time, I wrote on the blog about him holding Randilyn and not wanting to put her down to eat. That is how he always was with the babies...even when we went over the weekend before he passed away, he still wanted to see the baby. This is the first death we have really dealt with as a family and the boys have been full of questions. In the end, I think they have taught me more than I have them. They talk a lot about grandpa being with Jesus and being able to see again. They have talked about him riding horses in Heaven. I am so thankful the boys got to know him a little these last few years when we have made quite a few visits over to see grandpa. They have included him in their prayers every day and they still do other than now Channer says the sweetest thing in almost every prayer "Please watch over Grandpa Van in Heaven and please watch over Grandma Wiley here".
The funeral was perfect. The speakers were so good and told so much about his life that I never knew. He was just a good ole' boy and they don't make a lot like him.