February 10, 2005

(5/26/1929 1/30/2005)

David Edward Liles, 75, was born on May 26, 1929, the son of Charles and Caroline Hewitt Liles, in Floris, IA. He departed this life on January 30, 2005, at his home in Winter Garden, FL, surrounded by his family and friends, and mementos of a great life that he shared with family and friends. His wife of 55 years, Ethel Mae Davis Liles, was at his bedside, where she had stayed during his cancer related illness.

David and Ethel Mae Davis were married on April 22, 1950, in Bloomfield, IA. He was the father of seven children, Patty Freburg and husband Doug of Memphis, MO, Jack Liles and wife, Judith of Placerville, CA, Linda Powell and husband, Michael of Arbela, MO, Ron Liles and wife, Janet of Winter Garden, FL, Michael Liles of Winter Garden, FL, and Marla Keith and husband, George of Medina, OH. One son, Martin Gregory, preceded him in death.

David was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and eight-step-grandchildren. He very much looked forward to their visits to his home in Winter Garden, where frequent trips to Disney World was of great enjoyment to him. He also had turned to woodworking during his retirement and was known for his beautiful handcrafted birdhouses that adorn the house and yard.

David was from a large family himself, 16 brothers and sisters, and was preceded in death by four sisters and five brothers, Sarah Talbort, Rachel Greene, Ruth Ann Polco, Mary Liles, Everett Liles, Dwight Liles, William Liles, Sr., Frank Liles, and Pardon Liles.

David started working for Haines Coal Mine in Eldon, IA, John Deere in Ottumwa, IA, and then Concrete Materials in Dallas, TX, where an accident left him in a cast for three years. He then moved his family to Iowa, then to Missouri, where he worked for Kaser Corporation for more than 30 years, where he served as superintendent in Kahoka, MO for a number of years.

As a former member of the United States Trotting Association, and the Iowa Harness Horse Association, David was an active owner/trainer/driver, and raced horses in Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, and Missouri for more than 15 years. His racehorse stable was located at the Scotland County Fairgrounds in Memphis, MO. After retiring from Kaser Corporation, he went to work for his son, Ron, who campaigned a stable of horses in the Chicago area for a number of years.

He was also a member of the Scotland County Fair Board during the 1980s. He greatly enjoyed his involvement in getting Standardbred racing back at the Scotland County Fair.

The family has suggested memorials to the family, and may be left at or mailed to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services were held February 4, 2005, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO with Rev. David Albert officiating. Music was by Connie Courtney, Elaine Forrester and Angela Westhoff. Pallbearers were his grandsons, John Morton, Jamie Mauck, Gene Hilpert, Jackson Liles, David Liles, Greg Keith, Tommy Sawyer, and Ken Hull. Interment was in the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO.

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