Richard C. Wilde

November 03, 1934 ‒ April 09, 2016

Ashley, Ohio

Richard Wilde, US AirForce, Sgt, Korea, Vietnam

Richard C. Wilde, age 81 of Ashley died  Saturday, April 9, 2016 in the emergency room of Grady Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born November 3, 1934 at Elbow Lake, Minnesota to the late Lyle E. and Ardis (Brevig) Wilde. Proudly serving his Country in the US Air Force for 20 years, he served during both the Korea and Vietnam conflicts earning the rank of Tech Sargent.  On December 3, 1970 he was awarded the Airman’s Medal for Heroism and numerous other accommodations.

In 1953 he married the former Norma Elliott, she supported her husband’s duty to Country on the home front. Over their 63 years together they raised their family toured the world and in retirement made Ashley their home.

Until 1990 Dick also worked in the security and fire safety departments for Huntington Bank.

He was a very active longtime member and past President of Delaware Eagles #376. He also served as a past State Officer for the Eagles.  A life member of VFW Post #3297, member and past commander of  Ashley American Legion, he was also a 32nd degree Mason and member of Hiram Masonic Lodge #18 F&AM

In addition to his many interests he treasured spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife Norma, children Daniel (Sandy) Wilde of Delaware, Dennis Wilde and Brenda Wilde both of Ashley, 4 grandsons, 8 great-grandchildren, brothers Elroy (Beverly) Doner, Donald, Randy, and Alan (Debbie) Donner, sisters Phyllis Wilde, Vonda (Larry) Rosen, Cathy O’Donnell, Lorilynn Donner, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was also preceded in death by sons Lyle and Chris as well as daughter Karen Metzger and brother Albert Donner.

Friends may call 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with 7:45 p.m. Eagle services at the Bennett, Brown, Rodman & Snyder Funeral Home, 307 E. High St., Ashley, Ohio 43003, where services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday with Rev. Donnie Akers officiating.  Full military honors have been requested for this decorated veteran and burial will follow at Ashley Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Special Olympics of Delaware County.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • So sorry to hear of. Dick’s passing. I’m out of town and will miss the service. Sending prayers to you all.

  • My daddy was a loving man. A great husband father and grandpa. He loved all. He is soarly missed.

  • Sorry to hear of your loss, he served his Family and his Country well. I know your family will miss him deeply. My condolences.

  • Grandpa will be missed by so many but we all know that heis finally at peace. He was loved and cherished by so many. He has finally met Jesus and is stress, pain free and is having a blast with loved ones in heaven. See you soon Grandpa we will always love and remember you.

  • My Family would like to express our condolences to the family of Mr. Wilde. The Bible comforts us with the words: ‘All those in the Memorial Tombs will hear his voice and come out.’ (John 5:28,29)