Emett Leroy Liles, 87, of rural Selma died at 11:49 A.M. Monday May 20, 2013 at Veterans Hospital, Iowa City. He was born June 20, 1925 in rural Floris to Charles and Caroline Hewitt Liles and married Irene DeVore July 6, 1946 in his family’s home. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during WWII where he was wounded in action for which he was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He and Irene purchased their home in rural Selma where they raised their 6 children. He worked construction many years until he started harness racing, winning many awards including being inducted into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was a member of Eldon Assembly of God for 40+ years and loved God, family, racing, hunting and telling stories.
Surviving are his wife, Irene, 2 sons, Tim (Lynne) of Muscatine and Randy of Packwood, 3 daughters, Mary Szeliga of Eldon, Ginger Chatfield (Daniel) of Muscatine and Teresa Poush (Scott) of Mountain Home, AR, 12 grandchildren, Mark Sprouse (Anna), Mike Sprouse, Ben Sprouse (Lisa), Jon Liles (Mindi), Tyler Poush (Allison), Blake Poush, Alan Chatfield, Dylan Poush, Marcia Thornton (Bobby), Christy Liles (Jason), Britney Poush and Andrea Chatfield, 6 great grandchildren, Gunner Thornton, Jack and Katlin Sprouse and Liam, Tori and Taylor Liles. Also Surviving are 2 brothers, Gene of Eldon and Paul (Evelyn) of Batavia, and 2 sisters, Naomi Lathrop of Eldon and Pauline Lind of Little Rock, AR
Preceding him in death were his parents, a son, Ricky, 7 brothers, Albert, Dwight, Frank, Pardon, Everett, Bill and David Liles, a daughter-in-law, Linda Liles and 4 sisters, Sarah Talbott, Mary Liles, Rachel Greene and Ruth Boliou
Funeral services will be at 3 P.M. Friday May 24, 2013 in Eldon Assembly of God Church, Pastor John Cooper officiating. Burial with military honors by John Hyson Reneker Post, American Legion, Douds will be in Iowaville Cemetery, rural Selma. Visitation with family present will be 5-7 P.M. Thursday at the church. Gifts to a memorial to be designated later by the family may be left at the church or mailed in care of the church at P.O. Box 369, Eldon, IA 52554. Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua in handling the arrangements.