Wilbur F. Haley, 89, of St Joseph, Missouri, formerly of Cherokee & Mechanicsville, died on Jan. 23, 2009 following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday Jan. 27. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan D. Sayler officiated. Visitation will be today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Meriden Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Wilbur, the son of Fred and Pearl (Bartley) Haley, was born in Cherokee on Sept. 3, 1919. He served in the U.S. Nay during World War II, and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack. Upon returning home, Wilbur met and married Elouise Lamont on Dec. 17, 1944. Together, they ran Haley's Grocery Store in Meriden until 1960, when they relocated to Mechanicsville, where Wilbur spent most of his career working for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring on Jan. 2, 1985.
Wilbur enjoyed jazz immensely, and was an accomplished singer, guitar player, and piano player. He was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, Pearl Harbors Survivor Association, V.F.W., American Legion, D.A.V., and N.A.R.F.E.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his wife Elouise; four brothers: Vernon, Lewis, Ernest, and Otis; two sisters; Gladys and Alice, and one grandson Nathan Haley.
Survivors include his son, Robert (Becky) Haley of St. Joseph, Mo., and his daughter, Becky (Steve) Danly of Mechanicsville; three grandchildren: Lauren Haley, Jennifer Brandt, and Brian Danly; one great-grandchild, Jocelyn Brandt and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to "Hands of Hospice" in St. Joseph, Mo..