Richard L. “Dick” Wilde, age 96, of Plymouth, WI, passed away early Monday morning (July 31, 2017) at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility in Plymouth where he was a resident for the past 6 years.

Dick was born on September 29, 1920 in Watertown, WI, a son of the late Arthur and Lorraine (Barnes) Wilde.

He attended Kindergarten at Watertown Grade School and Pipersville Grade School until 8th grade. He graduated from Pipersville High School in 1938.

Dick enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII on December 5, 1943. He was in the 808th Air Engineering Squadron as an Instrument Mechanic and served in Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, France, England, and Germany.

On January 6, 1951 he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Wendelborn at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend. They were married for 59 years. The couple resided in Port Washington,

Random Lake and since 1976 in Plymouth. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2010.

Dick worked as a bartender and waiter at Chancy in Pipersville, and GB Lewis a wood working plant with his father before the war. After the war he worked for West Bend Company and Bolen’s Manufacturing in Port Washington in the Quality Control Department and also as a foreman on 2nd shift. After retiring from Bolen’s, he worked in the Maintenance Department at Feldmann’s Engineering in Sheboygan Falls and Sohn’s Manufacturing in Elkhart Lake.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth and belonged to American Legion Post #243.

Dick was a woodcrafter making runabout hydroplanes, racing boats, and furniture. He was an avid fisherman, trapper and hunter. He went deer hunting with his son, John, until his 80’s when he couldn’t take the cold anymore. He loved to garden and enjoyed making wine.

His most proud moment came on November 6, 2010 when he was chosen to go on the Star and Stripes Honor Flight with his son as his guardian.

Survivors include his son: John (Karen) Wilde of Plymouth; Four grandchildren: Jason Kleckner of West Allis, WI, Jennifer Wilde (special friend: Brock Binder) of Monroe, WI, Justin Kleckner of Pewaukee, WI, John Jr. (Beth) Wilde of Manitowoc, WI; One great-grandson: Kameron Kleckner; Two step-grandchildren: Joseph and Chloe Bell; One sister: Jeanette DeBano of Phelps, WI; and Two sisters in-law: Beverly Krell of Allenton, WI, and Mary (Marvin) Ostrander of Campbellsport, WI.

He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife: Betty; One daughter: Christine Marie Wilde; His parents: Arthur and Lorraine; Father and Mother in-law: Berthold and Ethel Wendelborn; Three brothers-in-law: Ronald Wendelborn, Edward Debano, Jerome Krell; and Two sisters-in-law: Anita Bresette and Bonnie Wendelborn.

Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday

(August 3, 2017) at 12:00 Noon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Father Philip Reifenberg, Pastor of the Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Thursday (August 3) from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Dick’s name.

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post #243 will conduct Military Rites at the cemetery following the services.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to send a special thanks to the whole staff at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility for all your love and compassion given to the entire Wilde family.

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