VeteranWilbert Markley

Wilbert MarkleyWilbert L. Markley, 91, of Lewistown died at 3:05 p.m. Sept. 30, 2008, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born April 6, 1917, in Kerton Township, Fulton County, a son of Deloss and Minnie J. Farwell Markley. He married Margaret Anna Fuelberth on April 21, 1947, in Pekin. She died Feb. 23, 1993.

He also was preceded in death by one sister, Erma Boyd; one brother, Dale Markley; one niece, Anna Mae Knous; one nephew, Ted L. Boyd; and one great-niece, Sarita Sager.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He worked as a mechanic for Stelter-Hofreiter Inc. in Havana.

He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Lewistown and Lewistown VFW #5001.

He was a staff sargeant in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945. He was a member of Merrill’s Marauders, serving in Burma as a heavy machine gunner. As section leader, he directed activities of 16 men using machine guns against enemy personnel and installations. He was responsible for the location of the guns, condition of the equipment and conduct of the men.

Services were held Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Marty Briney officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown.
Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/8/2008