William "Bill" Wiley '73 September 26, 2023 1:22 PM updated: September 26, 2023 2:29 PM
William P. "Bill" Wiley
March 22, 1951 - June 18, 2023
William (Bill) Wiley earned his wings on Sunday, June 18. He was surrounded by a few of the many family and friends he had the privilege of knowing. He liked to say he was born "Way up north — in Fort Worth" on March 22, 1951. He was welcomed into the family by his parents Paul and Carolyn and brother John.
Later they would be joined by Bob and Ed. He had 22 cousins and he loved growing up amongst them in the Panhandle. Since his dad worked for Texaco, they moved a lot, from FW to Wheeler, Pampa, Wichita Falls, Midland and finally put down roots in Austin. Bill was an Architect at heart, earning degrees from Texas A&M '73 and then t.u. - which he never advertised.
Bill was fortunate to work at TPWD for 34 years designing "outhouses for bears in the woods." While there, he made many lifelong friends and probably a few enemies. In 1990, he met his Everything, Alice, while on business in Corpus Christi. They were truly a match made in heaven and married in 1991. Bill enjoyed building things, helping others, playing dominoes, traveling and even water skiing until he was 68. Bill was quickly embraced by Alice's family, especially her parents, siblings and their spouses, Virginia & Kenneth, Kathy & John, Rex & Jodi. Bill and Alice joined Oak Hill UMC in 1994 and found their extended family in the Christian Fellowship Class. At Oak Hill Elem., where Alice taught, he was known as Mr. Bill. He was always eager to lend a hand to clean up or fix things for anyone who asked. The last group that he loved dearly was his nieces and nephews. Tina, Shannon, Kirk, Michelle, Josh, Kelli, Patty, Mollie, Taylor & Tanner. He was a surrogate Uncle Bill to Emerson, Sloane, J.R. & Chloe. He loved bragging about each of you as if you were his own.
Bill's generosity, humor and wit will be missed by the many people who loved him. There is no doubt in our minds that we will be reunited with him one day, but for now, we are pretty sure he is skiing the glassiest lake in heaven, playing dominoes or swinging a hammer. Special thanks to Dr. Mark T. Brown, ENT and Dr. Timothy Dzuik who gave him 18 more years after his throat cancer in 2005 and Dr. Robert Norris, ARC, and BSW Oak Hill and Lakeway for their care these past 4 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin Habitat for Humanity or TPWD Foundation. Until we meet again....