OBITUARY

James Howard Wiles

May 11, 1962July 16, 2019

James Howard Wiles, 57, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. Jim and his wife, Anne Terese (Schmid) Wiles, raised their family in Rochester, Michigan and relocated to Tampa one year ago. The family will receive visitors between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home at the Garden of Memories (4207 E. Lake Ave.), where a Rosary will be offered for Jim’s soul at 6:00 p.m. Following a 10:00 a.m. Visitation, Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (509 N. Florida Ave.).

Born and raised as the eldest son of Howard and Sonya Wiles of Peoria, IL, Jim always thought of his life in two stages - before and after his 1985 marriage to the love of his life, Anne. He met her while they both attended Bergan High School of Peoria, courted her while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Economics as a member of the Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) Class of 1984, and could not wait any longer to wed. After completing a graduate business degree at Purdue University, he devoted his 35-year professional career to General Motors across three Midwestern bases (Indianapolis, IN; Dayton, OH; and Detroit, MI), retiring in 2018 content in the security of his family. At the time of his death, Jim was working every day to ensure his wife was happy and comfortable in their new Tampa home, enjoying the fruits of his labor with his dog, Chevy, at his side.

In addition to Anne, Jim is survived by his adoring children; Dr. Alison Claire of New York, NY, Joseph Allyn of Chicago, IL, and Carolyn Anne of Ann Arbor, MI, brothers; Tim (Marie), of Schenectady, NY, and Dave (Kerri) of Dunlap, IL, his father-in-law Allyn Schmid, brothers and sisters by marriage; Ellen, Mary, Dave, Paul, and Katie, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010. For inquiries related to direct mailings, please call at 1(800)-217-3700, or send an email to helpkids@boystown.org

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Church Visitation Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Kat Steih

July 21, 2019

Though we have never met, I am friends with your daughter Carrie and she is a strong, sweet, and intelligent young woman. I send my love and condolences to you all ❤️❤️❤️

Jim Blamble

July 20, 2019

Euchre!!!!

Fond memories.

God Bless.

Blambles’s.

Clara Awe

July 20, 2019

I met Jim and Anne for the first time in March of 2019. We talked about the impending wedding of their daughter Alison and my son Bola. I immediately felt that I had met a rare and genuine human being. He camly responded to all my questions. All he really cared about was the happiness of his daughter Alison.
It is said that it is not whether one's life is long or short, but how one lives that is important. Rather, it is what we accomplish, the number of people we have helped to become happy that matters. Jim, looking at your wife and children, your accomplishments, is a blessing to be appreciated.
Clara Awe & Family

Christina Friberg

July 20, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Please know that your cousins in Sweden, with families,
Christina Friberg, Carina Svensson, Per Wendin,
Anita Friberg, Ingmari Friberg,
Sonja Tengvall, Eva Tengvall,
Ebba Friberg are thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Christina Friberg

Mary Jo Keenan

July 20, 2019

To Anne, Alison, Joseph and Carrie. My heart breaks for all of you as you morn this unbelievable loss. Jim was always so kind and generous to me. I’ll never forget his patience, strength, and engineering skill in getting my behemoth sofa out the front door of my condo! Always willing to help, Jim was a great friend who will be terribly missed. I wish I could be there to comfort you and share in memories of Jim’s unselfish life. Sending love, hugs and prayers to all of you. Mary Jo Keenan

Patrice Zurdosky

July 19, 2019

Anne, Alison, Joe and Carrie,

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Jim was a very kind man who was absolutely devoted to his family.
Although I can’t imagine the pain and sorrow that you are all feeling right now, I am certain that your strength, faith and happy memories will comfort you during this difficult time.
You are a wonderful family and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Patrice Zurdosky

Kaitlin Zurdosky

July 19, 2019

Alison, Anne, Joe, Carrie & extended family,

My heart breaks for you. Jim was a huge part of my childhood - from cook outs and movie nights at the Wiles house to hundreds of Holy Family carpooling trips - and I am absolutely devastated to hear of his passing.

He was an incredible person, and I am lucky to have had him in my life. I want to send all of my love and condolences to your entire family. You are all in my prayers.

With love,
Kaitlin

Joan Seivold

July 19, 2019

Jim had a gentle, thoughtful, wise elegance about him. I only knew him for less than a year but we became fast friends through our mutual respect for our hard-working spouses and a love of dogs and woodworking. I would see him at least once a week at the Woodworking Studio and care for Chevy when he and Anne went out of town. In fact, the last thing Jim was working on this June, was a gift for each of his children to be presented over the Christmas holiday. He wasn’t particularly chatty but his deep love and pride for all of his family could always get him going and he spoke of them frequently and fondly. I also witnessed the depth of his kindness through the relationship he had with Chevy. They had a mutual bond that was precious and they were clearly the best of friends. Oddly, sometimes I even thought Chevy looked like Jim. And whenever Anne popped into the Woodshop or entered a room, Jim would always light up like a schoolboy. He visibly adored her. I truly am struggling with the idea of a world without Jim-seems wacked. Without question, he was a pure example of a good man and will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege to know him.
My deepest condolence to his family and friends.

Joan Seivold

July 19, 2019

Jim had a gentle, thoughtful, wise elegance about him. I only knew him for less than a year but we became fast friends through our mutual respect for our hard-working spouses and a love of dogs and woodworking. I would see him at least once a week at the Woodworking Studio and care for Chevy when he and Anne went out of town. In fact, the last thing Jim was working on this June, was a gift for each of his children to be presented over the Christmas holiday. He wasn’t particularly chatty but his deep love and pride for all of his family could always get him going and he spoke of them frequently and fondly. I also witnessed the depth of his kindness through the relationship he had with Chevy. They had a mutual bond that was precious and they were clearly the best of friends. Oddly, sometimes I even thought Chevy looked like Jim. And whenever Anne popped into the Woodshop or entered a room, Jim would always light up like a schoolboy. He visibly adored her. I truly am struggling with the idea of a world without Jim-seems wacked. Without question, he was a pure example of a good man and will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege to know him.
My deepest condolence to his family and friends.

Anne Rumbolo

July 19, 2019

I met James and his wife Anne sometime in March 2019 through his daughter Alison and my nephew Bola. I remember his very warm and very welcoming smile. He will be missed. I pray for God Almighty to comfort his wife and his family and grant them His peace that transcends all understanding.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Anne & Franco Rumbolo
Milan, Italy.

FROM THE FAMILY