Wiley Van Slyke


Wiley Van Slyke
June 29, 1917 - Oct. 24, 2010

Wiley Lewis "Lewy" Van Slyke of Walla Walla and former longtime resident of Milton-Freewater passed away Oct. 24, 2010, in Walla Walla at the age of 93 years. At his request, no public services will be held. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the charity of choice in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Ore., 97862.

Wiley Lewis Van Slyke was born on June 29, 1917, the son of Wiley Little and Clara R. (Bungart) Van Slyke in Milton. He attended area schools and graduated from McLoughlin High School. Lewy then attended tech school in Portland to become an aircraft mechanic. In 1940, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and Korea. He served in numerous areas including the European Theater. Lewy remained on active duty until 1960 when he retired from the service. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Milton-Freewater and on May 25, 1964, he married Marjorie Dyer in Moscow, Ida. Lewy worked numerous places over the years including, the local bowling alley, post office, Pete's Sports Shop and maintaining various vending machines. He was very active in youth baseball participating as an umpire. Lewy was a lifetime member of the American Legion #24, VFW 4567 and served as membership chair for the Milton-Freewater Golf Course. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, bowling, golfing, fishing and archery hunting. His wife Marjorie preceded him in death on December 2, 2009.

Survivors include his step-daughter, Alta Mae Enbysk of Pendleton, Ore.; nephew, Tom Eastep of Shoreline, Wash.; two step-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. His parents, wife and two sisters, Agnes Eastep and Marie Van Slyke all preceded him in death.


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