Clarence J. Wilder of Edwardsville passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Anderson Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Staunton, a son to the late Kenneth and Marie (Stiller) Wilder.
Clarence was a supervisor for Nooter Corp. in St. Louis for more than 40 years. The U.S. Army veteran proudly served his country, earning a Purple Heart and attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Clarence was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1299, where he served as commander; past governor of the Edwardsville Moose Lodge; a member of the Edwardsville American Legion; Masonic Lodge 99; Ainad Shrine Temple and a former member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. In his free time, he enjoyed playing his guitar and polka dancing with his wife. Clarence will be remembered for his kind heart and the many special times he shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by and will be missed by his wife of 61 years, Jeanine (Ostrowsky) Wilder; his daughters, Debbie and (Wayne) Reinneck of Edwardsville, Diane Rolens of Bethalto; his sons, Mark and (Janet) Wilder of Edwardsville, Merle and (Julie) Wilder of Belleville, and Dean Wilder of Edwardsville; grandchildren, Chad and (MaeRhanda) Rolens, Jason and (Stephanie) Reinneck, Kyle Reinneck, Matthew DeToy, Joel DeToy, Carmen Wilder, Owen Wilder; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Rolens, Paige Rolens, Alexa Shreve; and brother, Maurice and (Mary) Wilder.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin sister, Shirley Ahrens and his brothers, Eugene and Dwayne Wilder.
Join our family in your casual attire for the visitation of Clarence from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon.
In celebration of Clarence’s life services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Clint Wisdom officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at St. James Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans or the charity of one’s choice.