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Leo E. Chiles, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Otterbein-Cridersville. He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in St. Marys, the son of Roger L. and Bessie (Parke) Chiles, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 24, 1951, he married Mary Lou Walker, and she died July 15, 1996.
Survivors include, two children, Cristine Chiles Shafer, of St. Louis, Mo., and Craig W. (Kris) Chiles, of Wapakoneta; five grandchildren, Jason (Shelah) Shafer, Jessica (Bartrum) Snyder, Ashleigh Chiles, Abigail Chiles and Adam Chiles; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Chiles, and two sisters, Betty Dearbaugh and Millicent Boltz.
Leo retired after 38 years of service as an insurance salesman, first with Prudential and later with Roser Inc. in Wapakoneta. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church, in Wapakoneta, where he had served on church council and was instrumental in starting the usher program. He was past president and chaplain of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie #691, Wapakoneta. Leo also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In his younger years, he coached little league baseball and was a Cub Scout leader.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, state Route 501, with Pastor Neil Brady officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W., Post #8445. The family will receive friends from noon until time of the service Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.