Lindley George Wiley, 95, died Feb. 7, 2010, after a long illness.

Born in Warren on Nov. 29, 1914, to George and Verna Rowe Wiley, Lindley was the 19th of 20 children. Educated in one-room schoolhouses, he graduated from Warren High School in 1932.

He married Leola M. Parlin May 26, 1937. The couple lived for two years in Union before moving to the farm where Lindley had grown up, and where they cared for Lindley’s parents. Lindley and Leola lived on the farm for the rest of their lives.

Lindley was a hard worker all of his life. He not only took care of and improved his own farm — which he ran, at various times, as a dairy farm or for raising beef cattle. He worked for Marine Colloids (now FMC) for 20 years, eventually retiring in 1980. For years, his only annual vacation was the time he took off for haying and to go to the Union Fair, where he sat and watched pulling for hours.

He especially enjoyed visiting with family, telling stories and playing baseball with his son and grandchildren. His unique wit and laugh will never be forgotten by those who heard them. After retirement, he did travel occasionally —- to New York for the World’s Fair, to South Carolina to visit his granddaughters in college, for one grandson’s wedding in Oklahoma, another grandson’s wedding in New York, one grandson’s college graduation in South Carolina, and one short winter stay in Florida.

A special time that he talked about often was when, for their 50th wedding anniversary, he and Leola took a car trip with a friend, traveling across the United States and back.

Lindley was a member first of Warren Baptist Church, where he held several offices, including the office of trustee. He and Leola were members of South Hope Community Church for more than 20 years.

Lindley was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Leola, in 2000.

He is survived by a son, Howard, and his wife, Carolyn, of Warren; four grandchildren, Anne Reed and her husband, Jeff, of Warren, Kate Wiley of Searsport, James Wiley and his wife, Karen, of Warren and David Wiley and his wife, Hannah, of Warren; five great-grandchildren, Rachel Wiley, Isabelle Wiley, Anderson Wiley, Ethan Wiley and Samantha Wiley; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at South Hope Community Church, Route 17 in Hope. The Rev. Norman Finnemore will officiate. Interment at Stirling Cemetery in Warren will be in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to South Hope Christian School, 142 Main St., Hope, ME 04847.

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