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Iowa Hall of Famer Emett Liles, 87, dies
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - from the Ottumwa (Iowa) Courier

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Emett Leroy Liles, 87, a member of the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame, died this past Monday at Veterans Hospital in Iowa City.

Born June 20, 1925, in rural Floris, Iowa, Liles served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II, where he was wounded in action -- for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Liles, who with his wife Irene raised six children, worked construction many years until he started harness racing, winning many awards including North American Universal Driver Rating titles. He was a member of Eldon Assembly of God for more than 40 years and loved God, family, racing, hunting and telling stories.

Surviving are his wife, Irene; two sons, Tim (Lynne) of Muscatine and Randy of Packwood; three daughters, Mary Szeliga of Eldon, Ginger Chatfield (Daniel) of Muscatine and Teresa Poush (Scott) of Mountain Home, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Gene of Eldon and Paul (Evelyn) of Batavia; and two sisters, Naomi Lathrop of Eldon and Pauline Lind of Little Rock, Ark.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Ricky; seven brothers, Albert, Dwight, Frank, Pardon, Everett, Bill and David Liles; a daughter-in-law, Linda Liles; and four sisters, Sarah Talbott, Mary Liles, Rachel Greene and Ruth Boliou.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m., CT this coming Friday in the Eldon Assembly of God Church. Burial, with military honors by the John Hyson Reneker Post of the American Legion in Douds, Iowa, will be in Iowaville Cemetery, rural Selma.

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