Robert (Bob) William Wiley (79) of Evanston, Wyoming passed away peacefully on July 20, 2020. Bob was the only child born to William Richardson Wiley & Roberta Moore Wiley on December 12, 1940 in Inglewood, California. Most of his childhood years were spent in the Los Angeles area. During his teenage years he spent time at the beach learning to surf. He received a fishing reel and rod as a birthday gift which sparked his interest in fishing and pursuing a life-long career in fisheries.
Bob graduated from Fullerton High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt College and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wyoming.
Bob’s career began with seasonal employment in Oregon as a fisheries biologist. While pursuing undergraduate studies he worked summers for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) in the Pindale Region. Throughout his career he was actively involved with fisheries management in Wyoming and was also a member of the American Fisheries Society (AFS). As a member of the AFS he had numerous opportunities to travel and meet other professionals. His most memorable trip was to China, Finland and Russia. Bob was very active in professional fishery organizations from the state level to the AFS. He authored many publications and received awards on both the state and national level. He was elected into the AFS National Fisheries Hall of Excellence in 2001. Bob worked for the WGFD enjoying everyday for almost 42 years before retiring.
He met Jeannie when working at Flaming Gorge Reservoir and they were married in 1966 and raised two sons. They resided in Green River, Jackson and 38 years in Laramie before moving to Evanston, Wyoming to be closer to their children.
Bob served as Bishop and many other positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and served three service missions, two in Laramie and the last in Evanston.
Fishing was always a passion his entire life. He loved fly fishing the most and fished every stream in Wyoming that he could. He completed the Cutthroat Slam in 2014. He enjoyed fishing streams that showed very few human footprints.
In retirement he spent time working with other retirees on service projects in Laramie and affectionately became known as the “curmudgeons.” Visiting sons and grandchildren was something he looked forward to and attended their special occasions with them.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeannie; children Don (Tracy) and Andy (Christine) and was very proud of his six grandchildren Ashley, Amanda (Justin), Megan, Weston, Kaden, Kyla and great grandson Rocky. Preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday July 25, 2020 at the Manila Cemetery (460 North 4th East, Manila, UT). A viewing for family members will be held at 10:00 am Saturday July 25, 2020 at the Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston, Wyoming.
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