Wiley N Garner
February 2, 1927 – April 6, 2019
Wiley Newell Garner lived in Englewood for 20 years and died on April 6, 2019, in Sylvania, Ohio. He was 92 years old. Born in Strasburg, Virginia, on February 2, 1927, Mr. Garner attended schools in Virginia with his younger brother Marshall. His mother, Sarah Gertrude Garner, served as a teacher and his father, George Wiley Garner, served as a high school principal and sports coach.
After graduation, Mr. Garner worked in a shipyard at Newport News, Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and became an aerial photographer. He was stationed at Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Lowry Field in Denver, Colorado, for the remainder of World War II. While stationed in Denver, Mr. Garner met Lorraine Juanita May Flanders. They married in 1946 and had three children - David, Judy, and John.
After Mr. Garner was honorably discharged, he became a professional photographer in Washington, D.C., and later worked in sales for Smith Corona. He obtained an associate degree in business administration from the University of Denver. From the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, he held branch manager positions for Smith Corona in Omaha, Nebraska, and Cleveland, Ohio. After leaving Smith Corona, he founded WyGar Associates in Chesterland, Ohio, in 1971. His business served as a manufacturer's representative for product lines of several office equipment companies and covered a five-state area.
After spending several winters in Englewood, he moved there in 1997. While there, he became a member of the local Elks Lodge, became active in local senior groups, was an avid golfer, and competed in local pool tournaments. A long-time Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan, he also followed the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers while living in Englewood. In 2017, he left Englewood and moved to Sylvania, Ohio, to be near family. In recognition of his artistic skill, an exhibition of his photography was held on May 5, 2018, at a local art gallery. Mr. Garner is survived by his brother and his children.
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Wiley N Garner
April 23, 2019
Dear David, Judy, and John,
Please accept our condolences. Wiley was a big part of my family's life for many years. As you might remember our mother, Betty when he lived in Chesterland. He and she did a lot of golf and traveling together. If it weren't for him she probably would have never gotten the chance to see so much of the world. My mom always said that and we feel that way too.
As you might know already, our mother passed away in July of 2016. Before she died she said she made it, she had a good life and she was happy. I believe much of that happiness was due because of Wiley.
I'm sure you have many happy memories of your father to comfort you at this difficult time, as I do. He always spoke very highly of his children. If I'm not mistaken, I believe he had an adorable grandson too when I knew him. He had a very fulfilling life. It would be nice to think that Wiley and our mother, Betty, can see each other again.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.