US Navy


Talmadge Kilby Wiley

March 21, 1929 ~ August 3, 2018 (age 89)
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 Lieutenant Talmadge Kilby Wiley 03/21/1929 – 08/03/2018

Lieutenant Talmadge Kilby Wiley passed away on August 03, 2018 at the age of 89. Talmadge Wiley was born March 21, 1929 in Montgomery, Alabama to Arthur Vincent Wiley and Bessie Lee Hanks-Wiley. He and his family moved to Auburndale, Florida in the mid 1930’s. Talmadge entered the Marine Corps in 1946, serving one full tour then joining the United States Navy. Lieutenant Wiley was the first naval officer to conduct combat under water explosive mining operations since WWII. During his naval career he served at multiple shore assignments, amphibious forces, weapon stations, mine warfare facilities and military advisory groups in the Republic of China and Battleship Iowa. Lieutenant Wiley’s final tour of duty was a director of the advanced Underseas Weapons School at Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida. Wiley was awarded the following awards and medals during his 26-year military career: WWII Victory Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Award (three), and the American Campaign Medal (two). After retirement he and his wife Catherine Barnett Wiley enjoyed their 20-acre hobby lobby farm in rural Seminole County, Florida. Retirement only lasted a few years, Talmadge decided to then become a Professor at Seminole Community College, teaching electricity and electronic courses. After teaching for seven years he then received employment as mechanical supervisor for Seminole County. After four years of being the counties mechanical supervisor he decided to go back to the farm with his wife, where he resided for the remainder of his life.


He is preceded in death by his wife Catherine Wiley, Brothers; Frazier, Hubert, Sisters; Martha, Mirell, Mildred and parents.


He is survived by Son Michael Wiley of Draper, VA, Daughter Patricia Wiley of Lakeland, FL, step children, Dale Garrels of Wasilla, AK, Greg Garrels of Sakcha, AK, Linda Mullen of Fairbanks, AK and a number of grand and great-grandchildren.


He will be greatly missed, loved and admired by those he has come in contact with. He is now in the hands of God, at peace with no more suffering.


A visitation for Mr. Wiley will be held at Gramkow Funeral Home on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 5 PM-7 PM. A funeral service with military honors will be held the following day, Friday, August 10, 2018, at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

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