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Don C. Wiley (Delco Don) 1934 - 2011


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Old 10-03-2011, 10:56:58 AM
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My sympathy goes out to the family. D Don was full of information! JimS
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:53:29 AM
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I only got to meet Don one time, at the engine show in Portland, Ind. But talked to him several times here on the Stak. Don will be greatly missed. :(
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:55:12 PM
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My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I did not know Don personally but I do know one of his kin. Always remember the good times and keep them close to your heart.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:53:05 AM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

God rest his soul. He was a very active part of our engine community. Although we shared a lot of emails, I only met him once in person, a few years ago when he made a hermitage to Coolspring. We had a long chat and I was surprised to see him scramble up on top of a camper to take better pictures of the show grounds.

We will miss you Don.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:02:29 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

I was able to attend the service today. Met his grandson JL (who posted above) and a couple of other family members. The sky was absolutely clear and a rich blue. The very old cemetery outside of Sparta where he was laid to rest is neatly trimmed and well kept. Don's many interests were mentioned at the service.
I met Don at the first engine show I went to. I was immediately impressed with the quality of work he did restoring the Delco Light Plants on his trailer. He always had interesting tales to share and was well liked and respected by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. If there was music being played, Don would be in the circle.
A guiding light has been extinguished.

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Old 10-04-2011, 06:27:22 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

I meet Don through this website. He came down to look at a Delco generator that was located in a shed on a relatives land. He WILL be missed.

Kent
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:03:17 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

Guss: Here is Don on top of his camper at Coolspring (June-2009) :eek: . Only met Don once, and I was in the right place at the right time with the camera :shrug: . I didn't really know Don, but he will be missed :( on SmokStak with advice, and helping others :brows: .
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:04:54 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

What a great guy. I have visited with Don many times at shows over the years that I have been collecting engines. He will be missed.

Nathan
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:34:32 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

I have talked to Don several times over the years, a more friendly and resourceful man can not be found easily. He will be missed.
Andrew
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:59:27 AM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

Always enjoyed Delco Don at Highland and Pinckneyville, Ill shows. He always had something new to talk about and show and he was always very helpful.

Condolences to family and friends.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:15:17 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

I met Don in the mid 70's before he became Delco Don, we were both doing black powder and reenactments, he and a group of Boy Scouts (6) had just finished a Feburary trek across the state of Illinois from Kaskaskia to Vincennes, Ind. retracing George Rogers Clark's foot steps and the taking of Fort Vincience from the British during the Revolutionary War. We met standing side by side shooting black powder flint lock rifles in a torrential down pour, needless to say both rifles drowned out. At that time he was called Wiley Coyote, before entering camp he would give out with a his familiar coyote yelp! Everyone new Don had arrived.
As the years passed and he became interested in gas engines, he showed up at the Paducah, Ky. Gas Engine Show, he asked me what I was doing there, " I have been here from the beginning, what are you doing here." That got a good laugh. So from then on when Don came to the Paducah show he stayed at my house.
All of the above posts have said it all, what a guy, ready and willing to help with advice or hands on. What a loss to all. Don Wiley, "mon ami".

Oldgunner, aka Bob Gill
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:34:19 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

he was a good friend and very helpful at shows
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:42:12 AM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

Sad to see him go.

While I never met him myself, I know several people that did know him, and I always enjoyed reading his posts on here.

I'm sure he will be missed by all.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:51:28 PM
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

So sorry to here of Don's passing. He was a great guy and helped me with Delco-Light. We never met in person, but always intended to get together. We called and emailed each other, many a time with Delco-Light questions and stories. He will sure be missed here on the "Stak".
Steve, from Nebraska
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Default Re: Don C. Wiley ( Delco Don) 1934 - 2011

I had met Don at Portland, Oblong, and Pinkneyville. He purchased a pair of engines from me. One naturally was a Delco plant. What a friendly, knowledgeable man. He will be missed.
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