The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


March 19, 2013

Robert J. Wiley Sr.

Sharon Steel retiree was active in church, groups

---- — A funeral service will be held Thursday for Robert J. Wiley Sr., a resident of John XXIII Home, and formerly a resident of Hermitage and Sharon. He passed away at 12:45 p.m. Monday (3-18-13) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 79.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Sonia Seginak; a daughter, Dr. Cynthia Wiley and her husband Pete Benton, Goldsboro, N.C.; three sons, Robert Wiley Jr. and his wife Sharon, and their daughter Erin, Ross, Ohio; Randall Wiley and his wife Renee, Port Charlotte, Fla.; and Scott Wiley and his wife Laura, their daughter Alexandra and their son Ryan Post, Estero, Fla.; and two brothers, Ken Wiley and his wife Dee; and John “Jack” Wiley and his wife Margaret, all Sharpsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, V. James Wiley and Lida Stirling Wiley.

Bob was born and raised in Sharon. He was active in many sports. In his younger years, he played baseball, golf, softball and basketball and bowled both duckpins and tenpins.

He played football for Sharon High for two years. He did not play his senior year because he “knew more than the coach” and played sandlot instead. He graduated from Sharon High School in 1951.

Following high school, Bob served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. He served during the Korean conflict era as a 7th combat engineer of the 5th Infantry. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Occupation Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Bob attended five years of night school, graduating in 1961 with his bachelor of science in business administration from Youngstown State University. He continued his education through the years at Penn State and Kent State universities.

In 1961, Bob argued his own case in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania relating to unemployment compensation. The court ruled in his favor. “WON IT!”

Bob worked for Erie Railroad prior to his service in the Army, and eventually went to work for the former Sharon Steel Corp.’s Farrell plant, where he worked his way from a laborer to marketing and sales. From there, he went on to work in the treasury department and worked his way up to director of credit in 1983, retiring in 1990.

Following his career at Sharon Steel, he went on to work at LTV Steel Corp. as the regional credit manager. After a year, he went on to Liberty Steel Products Inc. as the credit manager and retired from there after seven years.

He played softball in the Westinghouse League in the 1950s. Years later, he pitched softball for 31 years in the Shenango Valley Church League and four years in other leagues. He had to quit at age 59 due to back problems.

He enjoyed playing handball, winning a few competitions along the way until his back problems ended his winning and competitive play. He was an avid jogger, completing 11 half-marathons and ran many Peace Races in Youngstown. He will be remembered by many running and walking in Buhl Park and working out at what formerly was the F.H. Buhl Club.

He coached North Sharon Little League baseball for six years.

Bob was a member of many professional organizations throughout his career. He was a member of the Youngstown Area Association of Credit Management for which he served for 31 years on the board of directors, and served as vice president and president and chaired various committees. He was also a member of the National Association of Credit, National Flat Rolled Steel Credit Group, National Motor Credit Group, National Association of Credit Management, Industrial Metals Credit Group and Regional Metal Credit Group.

He was an active member of many Shenango Valley organizations. He was a member of the Shenango Valley Jaycees, Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce; Veterans of Foreign Wars Hickory Post 6166, Hermitage; North Sharon Volunteer Fire Department; F.H. Buhl Club, Sharon; Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 810, as a 50-year member; Scottish Rites New Castle Consistory, as a 32nd degree Mason; and the School Board Building Authority of Sharon.

Bob was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Sharon. In 1996, he became a 50-year member. He served as a deacon, elder and trustee for the church and through the years was a Sunday School teacher, and member of the Christian education committee, planning committee and stewardship committee.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501; Buhl Park, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage PA 16148; or First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St., Sharon, PA 16146.


Robert J. Sr., 79, formerly of Hermitage and Sharon.

Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. today (3-20-13) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, with a memorial service at 7:45 p.m. by Free and Accepted Masons Shenango Valley Lodge 810. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting

Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday (3-21-13) in First Presbyterian Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Dr. Glenn M. Hink, pastor, officiating.

Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Sharpsville.

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