LEOTI — Earl L. Wiles, 95, died on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Wichita County Health Center in Leoti. Earl was born Nov. 19, 1923, on the family farmstead northeast of McDonald, Kan., to Arthur and Lydia (Peckham) Wiles.
Earl's family relocated to northeast Wichita County in 1935, where his father, Arthur, established a new farmstead on land he had purchased. Earl attended high school in Scott City, graduating in 1941. He operated the family farm with his father until his father’s retirement, after which Earl continued to manage the farm.
On Nov. 10, 1943, he married Evelyn Shumard in Wichita County. They had three children, Larry Arthur, Robert Earl and Joann Kay. Following Robert’s graduation from Kansas State University and completion of his army enlistment, Earl and Robert operated the family farm. Robert gradually assumed primary responsibility for the farming operation and added a cattle operation as Earl neared retirement. Earl retired in 2006.
After nearly 40 years of marriage, Evelyn died on Feb. 21, 1983, in Garden City. Earl married Lois V. Fischer on Sept. 1, 1984. They enjoyed 35 years of marriage.
Earl is survived by his wife, Lois V. Wiles of Leoti; two children, Larry Wiles of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Joann Gimple of Emporia, Kan.; step-children, Dennis Fischer, Charlotte Stephenson, Debra Clark and Darla Altman; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Evelyn; his brother, Clifton Wiles; his son, Robert Wiles; and grandson, Russell Wiles.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Leoti. Burial will be in Leoti Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wichita County Health Center or Wichita County EMTs in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at priceandsons.com.