The Obit For Buddy Wiles

Elmer N. Wiles Jr.

Published in The Joplin Globe from 1/6/2010 - 1/8/2010

Elmer N. (Buddy) Wiles Jr. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 3:25 p.m. at the age of 92. He was born Aug. 23, 1917, to Edith Scott Wiles and Elmer N. Wiles Sr. in Joplin, Mo. After graduation from high school he worked for Glasco Electric.

In 1939, Elmer played baseball for the Yankees Farm Club and in 1940, he played for the Detroit Tigers Farm Club.

He entered the Army in 1941, and was stationed at Camp Hulen. He was in the service for 50 months before being honorably discharged in 1945. After returning he worked as a letter carrier for the post office for 30 years. He also installed custom made window treatments for a number of years. Elmer retired again in 2003, because of ill health.

He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and the Greater Joplin Bowling Association. Elmer was inducted in the Joplin Bowling Hall of Fame in 1963.

Elmer married Mary E. Love on July 13, 1946, in Joplin. She survives at the home.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Candy Brown; one granddaughter, Casie Augustine; one great-grandson, Trevyn Couch; and many lifelong friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Chapel. Rev. Tommy Freeman, officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Those gentlemen serving as pallbearers are Jared Jefferson, Robert Barchak, Don Tripp Sr., David Clifton, John Richey and Bruce Layman. Honorary pallbearers are Harold Rolleg, Lloyd York and Lairy Gritz.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. to service time Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. James United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at