Otis Lavon Wiles
(1936 — 2020)
Otis Lavon Wiles, 84 years, of Hicksville, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance. Lavon was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Pulaski, Ohio, the son of the late Daniel Otis and Zena (Dauber) Wiles. He was a 1955 graduate of Bryan High School. Lavon married Marla “Skeeter” Mason on April 29, 1956, in Pulaski, Ohio. He then worked at Ohio Art in the tool room. Lavon began working at Ney Lumber Company in timber cutting and later moved to the construction division, building barns. Lavon began his own construction business, Lavon Wiles Construction. He was the fire chief for Farmer Fire Department, active director of the Defiance County Agricultural Society and founding member of the Christmas Cruise-Thru. Lavon was hard-working and always helped others when he could. He especially cherished his time spent with his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Marla “Skeeter” Wiles; two daughters, Lana (Lenny) Johns of Hicksville, Ohio, and Laura (Jerry) Sanders of Farmer, Ohio; four grandchildren, Leslie (Brian) Etchison of Jewell, Ohio, Jeff (Alesha) Johns of Sherwood, Ohio, Tyler (Kristan) Sanders of Carey, Ohio, and Trina (Logan) Jones of Tall Timbers, Maryland; nine great-grandchildren, Colt and Tate Etchison, Deagan, Kendel and Daxton Johns, Leah, Sophia and Norah Sanders, Hazel Jones; sister, Wiladene Motter of Bryan, Ohio. Lavon was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Wiles.
Visitation for Otis Lavon Wiles will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 706 N. Main St., Hicksville. Private family services will be held. Interment will take place in Farmer Cemetery, Farmer. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, those attending visitation are required to wear masks or facial covers and observe social distancing.
The family asks those remembering Lavon to make memorial contributions to Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, 6817 North Ohio 66, Defiance, OH 43512, or the Defiance County 4-H Endowment Fund.
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