Wayne Tilley was born on March 12,
1934, in Harrison, Maine, and grew up in Norway, Maine. He has 2 brothers, Barry and David. Wayne went to the Norway High School and graduated in 1952. In July 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Seabees. He worked in the construction area, building factories and repairing and building homes for the people that lived in the Philippines. He also helped build the longest air strip on the coast. Wayne was honorably discharged in July 1957, and returned to Maine to look for work.
Wayne had worked at a factory for about a year before joining the Navy, and after he got out of the service he worked for Goodwin’s Dairy in South Paris delivering milk for 3-4 years. He later went to work for the Poland School Department for 4 years in their maintenance department.
One of Wayne’s fondest memories he has is when he was working with some of the guys in his unit and they got the work truck stuck in the mud and tried to get it out with another work truck and ending up getting both of them stuck in the mud and couldn’t get either one out so their boss told them to go get “Tilley” he can get it out and he did.
Wayne got married after the service to Beverly Corbett and together they had 3 children of their own and they also took in 2 other children and raised them as their own. They have 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Wayne came to the Maine Veterans' Home in 2016, and likes to visit with old friends and go on outings. He also likes to feed the birds and visit with the other residents.
Thank you, Wayne, for your service to our nation!
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