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Leo E. Chiles, 86

August 19, 2014

Leo E. Chiles, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Otterbein-Cridersville.  

He was born on Nov. 28, 1927, in St. Marys, the son of Roger L. and Bessie (Parke) Chiles, who preceded him in death.  

On Feb. 24, 1951, he married Mary Lou Walker, and she died on July 15, 1996.

Survivors include two children,    Cristine Chiles Shafer of St. Louis, Mo.; Craig  W. (Kris) Chiles of Wapakoneta; five grandchildren, Jason (Shelah) Shafer, Jessica (Bartrum) Snyder, Ashleigh Chiles, Abigail Chiles and Adam Chiles and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Chiles, and two sisters, Betty Dearbaugh and Millicent Boltz.

Leo retired after 38 years of service as an insurance salesman, first with Prudential and later with RoserInc., Wapakoneta.

He was a member of First English Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta, where he had served on church council and was instrumental in starting the usher program. He was past president and chaplain of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 691, Wapakoneta.

Leo also served during World War II in the U.S. Army. In his younger years, he coached Little League baseball and was a Cub Scout leader.  

Memorial services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home, Ohio 501, the Rev. Neil Brady officiating.  Burial of his cremated remains will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W., Post 8445.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of the services on Friday at the funeral home.   

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be expressed at

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