September 12, 1938 - March 2, 2013
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|Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Michael P. Wiley, 74, a resident of Davenport will be 9:30 a.m. on Saturday March 9, 2013 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division, Davenport. Burial will be at a later date in Osage, Iowa. The family will greet friends Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Davenport. Mr. Wiley passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 at his residence.
Mr. Wiley was born September 12, 1938, in Winona, Minnesota to Helen and Jack Wiley. During his grade school years, Mr. Wiley and his parents moved to Osage, Iowa where he soon became pals with a group of guys that developed into lifelong friendships. Mr. Wiley graduated from Osage High School in 1956 and initially attended the University of Iowa. Realizing that he wanted to pursue a career in education, Mr. Wiley transferred to Iowa State Teacher’s College (now, the University of Northern Iowa) where he graduated in 1961. In 1973, he married Michele Fischer in Staten Island, New York.
In the fall of 1961, Mr. Wiley was hired by his mentor, Robert E. McCue, as the physical education instructor at Washington Elementary – a position he would hold for 39 of the next 40 years before retiring in 2001. Teaching was Mr. Wiley’s passion and he used various sayings and mottos to motivate his students. Most notably, the adage “winners never quit; quitters never win.” In 2002, a number of Mr. Wiley’s students successfully campaigned to have the gym at Washington Elementary named the Michael P. Wiley Gymnasium.
Mr. Wiley’s love of organized athletics and working with youth led to a career in coaching. During his career, Mr. Wiley coached a number of intramural athletic teams at Washington Elementary, he was the head 8th grade football coach at Sudlow Junior High School for over 25 years and served as the assistant varsity baseball coach at Davenport Central High School for 14 years with four appearances at the Iowa High School State Tournament. Mr. Wiley was also actively involved in coaching baseball in both the Southeast Little League and Northwest Little League. In 1975, Mr. Wiley led the Southeast All-Star team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where the team finished in third place.
Mr. Wiley was a parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Church, Davenport and a member of other various charitable organizations. He was an avid fan of Los Angeles Dodgers and all University of Iowa athletic teams and enjoyed attending sporting events with his close friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Davenport Southeast Little League
Survivors include his son, Jason (Jennifer) Wiley and their children Dashel and Keaton of Las Vegas, Nevada; and daughter, Jocelyn Wiley of Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Wiley was preceded in death by his parents.