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December 19, 2013

Wilbur S. Oles Jr.

Wilbur S. Oles Jr.

DELHI — Wilbur S. Oles Jr., 91, Delhi, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at his home in Delhi.

Wilbur (Bill) was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Delhi, son of Wilbur S. Oles and Mildred (Gladstone) Oles. He graduated from Delaware Academy in 1940, and entered Syracuse University where he earned a BS in Marketing and Finance in August 1943. Within a month, Bill was in Chicago being commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

It was in the summer of 1943, that Bill met Betty B. Horton at Camp Shankitunk. They were married on Oct. 26, 1946. They eventually settled in Delhi where they raised four children. This past October would have marked their 67th wedding anniversary.

Bill served his country during World War II on the USS Dorothea Dix which took him to the European invasion, African campaign and finally to the Pacific campaign. When he left the Navy in 1946, he had risen in rank to Lieutenant Commander. It was during Bill’s Navy years that he exchanged countless letters with Betty which nurtured a love that resulted in their marriage after the war.

When Bill returned to Delhi, he was elected in 1952, and reelected through 1961, as Delaware County Clerk. He was Treasurer for Delaware Academy and Central School from 1948 to 1975. In 1962, Bill became Executive Director of the College Association at Delhi, Inc., State University at Delhi.

In 1975, Bill became the General Manager of Lake Delaware Farms, Lake Delaware. He retired as General Manager in 1985, but continued to serve on the Board of Directors of the Lake Delaware Boy’s Camp until his death.

Bill interests led him to become involved in the Delhi Fish & Game Club, Hamden Fish & Game Club, Delaware County Historical Association, the Second Presbyterian Church (now known as The United Ministry), Alumni Rowing Association of Syracuse University, Psi Upsilon Fraternity, and the Otschodela Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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