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Wesley J. Kiley

June 7, 1923 January 11, 2019
Wesley J. Kiley
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Land O’Lakes, WI - Wesley John Kiley, age 95, passed away in his home Friday January 11, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Ruth Alexander Kiley in 1997.

Wes was born in Green Bay, WI on June 7, 1923 to Maurice W. Kiley and Lenora B. Karczewski. After spending his youth in Eau Claire and summers in Clintonville the family moved to LaPorte, IN where he graduated high school in 1941.

While in high school he was very active in debate, student government and student plays. These activities continued at Indiana University along with being a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Interfraternity Council President. He was also a member of Tau Kappa Alpha, the national debate society.

In 1943 Wes’s college education was interrupted when he enlisted in the Army during WWII. He was with Headquarter Command 91st Infantry. During most of the war they were stationed in North Africa and Italy. Wes returned to Indiana University and graduated in 1948. Jan and Wes were married August 29, 1948.

After graduating Wes went to work for the Evansville Courier Journal as a space salesman. In the early 1950’s he and Jan moved to Milwaukee to join the marketing organization with Blackhawk Manufacturing Company. In 1954 Wes received his Masters of Business degree from The University of Wisconsin – Madison. Their only child, Maureen, was born in 1956.

Wes was hired into the marketing department at Stewart-Warner Corporation in 1964. During his time at Stewart-Warner he held a number of roles including General Manager of the Bassick Division in Bridgeport, CT. Wes became President of Stewart-Warner in the late 1980’s. He retired in 1990.

In 1998 Wes moved to Land O’ Lakes following the death of his wife Jan. He became very active in the community. He was President of the Cisco Chain Riparian Owners Association (CCROA), a member of the Fish and Game Club, on the Land O’ Lakes Plan Commission, and a leader in Ely Memorial Church.

Wes was an avid fisherman and enjoyed trips to Canada and the Florida Keys; as well as fishing the lakes in WI and MI. After retiring he started to grow orchids.

A Celebration of Life will take place at Ely Memorial Church Sunday January 13, 2019 at the conclusion of the church service. Wes is survived by his daughter, Maureen Kiley, of Indianapolis, IN.

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12:00 PM 1/13/2019 12:00:00 PM - 12:45 PM 1/13/2019 12:45:00 PM
Ely Memorial Church - UCC

4302 County Rd B
Land O'Lakes, WI 54540

Ely Memorial Church - UCC
4302 County Rd B Land O'Lakes 54540 WI
United States

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