Wendell Viles

February 2, 1933 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 89)


Wendell Gene Viles, 89, of St Joseph passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 at his home. Wendell was born February 2, 1933 in Champaign County a son of Vesper and Leona (Wright) Viles.  He married Wanda (Craig) Viles on February 25, 1956 and were married for 59 years before she preceded him in death on January 20, 2016.

Wendell was a Korean War veteran for the Navy from 1951-1955 and was a lifelong member of the VFW and American Legion. He worked in central receiving for the University of Illinois in Champaign- Urbana for 34 years and was proudly retired for 34 years. He was a life long Cubs fan, loved his family time, and was always the person consoling / chatting with life-long friends. While retired, he rarely missed home town visitations to share memories and his never ending positive energy.

Wendell is survived by; son Warren Viles married to Jeanna (Thompson) Viles and two grandchildren  Steven Viles and Donna (Viles) Hawk with three great grandchildren Trey, Trent and Nathin.  daughter Shauncey (Viles) Knipfer married to Delmer “Buddy” Knipfer.

Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery of Mayview, Illinois and a gravesite service will be held at a later date.

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