Hilbert Wilson Pyles

HILBERT WILSON PYLES, 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Greenery Center, following a long illness. Hilbert was born on February 15, 1931, at Hollidays Cove, WV (now Weirton, WV) to Glenn Wilson and Lydia Audrey Cain Pyles. He graduated from Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, WV in 1949, and the Steubenville Business College in 1956, where he studied accounting. Hilbert married Pauline Louise Rosnick on July 9, 1955, and they enjoyed 56 wonderful years together prior to her passing in 2011. Hilbert’s family and friends describe him as a math wizard and a hard working, honest man. He was always ready with a joke or a story to tell. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, and travelling, and visited all fifty U.S. states with his family. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as a storekeeper Second Class Petty Officer on the LST-722 and LMR-520 naval ships from 1950 to 1954. Hilbert was employed by the tin mill at Weirton steel for 34 1/2 years as a feeder at the Number 6 Tin Mill until his retirement in 1984. He was a lifelong and faithful member of the First Christian Church of Weirton, as well as the Richard Vaux Lodge No. 454 F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valley of Pittsburgh the Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh, and the American Legion. He served as Worshipful Master of the Richard Vaux Lodge in 1990, and served as the first chairperson of the Hanover Township Planning Commission in Paris, PA in 1972. In addition to his parents and his wife, Hilbert was preceded in death by his adopted son, Dennis Pyles, an infant daughter Katherine Audrey Pyles, two brothers Lemoyne and Gerald Pyles, and two sisters Antoinette Dolores Pahanish, and Lila Miller. He is survived by his daughter Denise Dressel (Gregory) of Pawleys Island, SC, and son, James Pyles of Oxnard CA as well as five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Visitation was held Sunday, March 5, 2023, at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, Weirton, where Masonic Services were also held. Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, 2023. in the funeral home, with Pastor Mark W. Mayer presiding. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Weirton next to his late wife and son, where military services were conducted by the US Navy and the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard. The family would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Amedisys Hospice Care and the Greenery Center for Rehab and Nursing. Share tributes and memories at