Wilbur Eugene Wilds, 82, of North Vernon passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus.
Born November 10, 1932, in Stockton, California, Mr. Wilds was the son of the late John and Orpha Clendenning Wilds. He married Helen Clara Whitehead on June 22, 1957, in North Vernon; she preceded him in death on February 20, 2006.
Mr. Wilds worked in maintenance for Golden Foundry/Golden Casting in Columbus for 47 years retiring in 2002. He was a Master Sargent in the National Guard where he served for 30 years and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a Past Master and member of Six Mile Masonic Lodge #412 in Hayden, Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scout Master of #532 in North Vernon. He enjoyed woodworking, leather work, fishing, reading Louie L’Amour and William Johnstone western books, playing euchre and helping his grandsons in their mowing business.
He is survived by one son, Rick (Jennifer) Wilds of North Vernon; two daughters, Debbie (Daniel) Morin and Pam (Russell) Whicker both of North Vernon; a friend, Marie Callahan of Sardinia; seven grandchildren, Jenn (A.J.) Wilmoth of Atlanta, Georgia, Andrew (Heather Murphy) Morin of Commiskey, Kevin Morin, Christen and Alyssa Whicker, Xander and Peyton Wilds all of North Vernon; and one great-grandchild, Emma Wilmoth of Atlanta, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandson, Rusty Whicker; a brother, Roger Wilds; and sisters, Lois Moir and Jeanette Allen.
A Funeral Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon. Family and friends may call from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday, October 23 at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Masonic memorial service will be provided by members of Six Mile Masonic Lodge #412 at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Vernon Cemetery with members of the Indiana National Guard providing military graveside rites.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the American Heart Association or Six Mile Masonic Lodge #412.
You are welcome to leave the family a message of condolence at www.dovesharprudicel.com.