Robert A. Wiles

May 2, 1934January 23, 2013

Long time Conejo Valley resident Robert Wiles passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness. Robert was born in eastern Washington state on May 2, 1934, the only child of James and Olive Wiles.

Robert received his BA degree in music and choral conducting from Seattle Pacific University in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1960 before moving to Oxnard, CA in 1960. His first teaching job was at Oxnard High School. When Thousand Oaks High School opened in 1964, he moved to Thousand Oaks and became the first choral director at the new high school. He taught music and english to three decades of TOHS students before retiring as Department Chair in 1994. He took one sabbatical in 1977-78 to earn his Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from University of San Diego. In addition to school choirs, Robert was also the Church Choir Director at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, then United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, as well as several community choirs.

Bob will be most remembered for his generosity and his unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 9, 12:00pm at St Matthew's United Methodist Church, 1360 S Wendy Dr, Newbury Park, CA 91320. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seattle Pacific University (; 866-778-2638) and St Matthew's United Methodist Church (; 805-498-6910)


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Joyce Brehe

January 23, 2014

Mr. Wiles is on my mind today; the one-year anniversary of the day he went to be with our Lord. What an amazing teacher and mentor! His legacy lives on. I still have several DVDs of the Memorial Service, filmed by one of the me if you'd like a copy.

Richard Bolland

April 12, 2013

As a member of Mr. Wiles Lancer Choir and the first Outstanding Choir Member (1963), I will always fondly recall the many hours of rehearsals for the choir, the Jester's Quartet, and the general discussions about life after school hours in the choir room. Especially I will remember the great trip following graduation with Mr. Wiles and Lorrac Craig (2nd Outstanding Choir Member - 1964) to the east coast and the New York World's Fair. Mr. Wiles was an amazing guy and will be sorely missed.

Loralee Armstrong

March 25, 2013

I shan't ever forget you. Amazing director. Thank you!!!

Karis Booth

February 21, 2013

I just learned of Mr. Wiles passing. I was in two choir classes at TOHS - he was a truly kind man and wonderful teacher. He was very compassionate. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Brent Gyuricza

February 20, 2013

Mr. Wiles was an inspiration to me musically.
I still often perform in local musical theater and other venues. I remember one time, someone asked if I had been instructed by Mr. Wiles. I said "yes" "how did you know"? He said that all of Mr. Wiles's students had a very distinct way of singing.
Thanks for the great days in choir. Sorry again that someone stole the choir fundraising dollars under my watch as treasurer.
I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven one day (wonder if you'll have some of those angels singing like your TOHS students?).

Gail (Schulman) Ginell

February 10, 2013

Mr. Wiles was my favorite teacher at TOHS (1971-75) and some of my fondest memories of high school are related to choir rehearsals, shows, set building, trips, my choir friends, and hanging out in the choir room at lunch. He was very warmly remembered by many today at his memorial. There is no higher praise than having so many people feel that he made a difference in their lives. Rest in peace, Mr. Wiles, and thank you for your friendship over these many years.

Karen Wright

February 9, 2013

For you, Mr. Wiles.
Love always,

Karen Wright

February 9, 2013

Mr. Wiles,
It seems like only yesterday that we were busy working on "The Messiah" by Handel, getting ready for our choir Competitions, or preparing for Spring concerts. How fast the years fly by, but I will always be so grateful for the years I was able to spend with, and learn from, you in the TOHS Choir and Emeralds. What an accomplished musician and teacher you were! I was blessed with my Dad's gift of song. You encouraged me and helped me to develop and refine it. More than this, though, you brought out the best in each of your students. You saw the potential we each had as individuals, loved us, and respected us. How much fun we had in Hawaii singing for servicemen and women! Thank you for that wonderful experience, and all the adventures we had with you during those special years. You were such a valuable and instrumental influence in my life. I will never forget you! Now, you are able to be with my Dad in heaven, singing with all of the angels giving glory to God.
Love always,
Karen Seitz Wright
Class of 1970

Betsy Bingham Fritz

February 3, 2013

Mr. Wiles has been a part of our family since the 1960's. He and my parents sang in the TO UMC. He went to the UCLA basketball games with my Mom and Bruce. Bev was in the Choir and Emeralds from 1968-1972. Bruce was in the Choir and Emeralds from 1973-1977. I was in the choir and Song Rise from 1976-1980. Many a choir party were held at the Bingham's house. Many a choir outfit were sewn on the Bingham's sewing machine. He provided all of us with such wonderful opportunities while growing up. I can't think of a high school memory without thinking of him and the choir. Thank you, Mr. Wiles for the BEST 40 years!!

Joy Melampy

February 3, 2013

Mr. Wiles... I'll never forget girls glee class at TO HS laying on the floor on your back and he walks over and puts several books on your belly and says" make them move when you breathe in and out! That ladies is your diaphragm ! Use it!! Lets try it again!" I gained my passion for music from this man. Loved, Loved, Loved his teachings. He was a real talent that I know made life magical for those who listened to his teachings. He taught excellence! I can't say enough about the magic!
Joy Wendling Melampy