RUTLAND — Harold Wilson McBride, 89, Flanagan, and formerly of Rutland, died at 6:40 p.m. Monday (Dec. 14, 2009) at Flanagan Rehabilitation Center (formerly Beulah Land).
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home. The Rev. Robert Idell will officiate. There will also be a visitation 30 minutes before the service Saturday at the memorial home. Burial will follow at Rutland Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Rutland American Legion.
Harold was born Dec. 21, 1919, in Rutland, son of Harvey S. and Ellen Mateer McBride. He married Bernice Mae Farner on April 16, 1944, at Rutland. She preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 2001.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary M. (Norman) Steider, Michigan City, Ind.; one son, James Wilson (Carol) McBride, Mount Vernon; five grandchildren, Melanie (Bill) Trowbridge, Gretchen (Corey) Gallois, Jonathon W. (Sarah) McBride, Daniel J. (Heather) McBride and Samuel D. (Jordan) McBride; and 11 great-grandchildren.
His parents and one son, William Harold McBride, preceded him in death.
Harold graduated from Rutland High School in the class of 1937 and also graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in February 1942. Harold had taught high school agriculture in Streator for one year and then was a farmer.
Harold served his country in World War II in the U.S. Army from May of 1942 to April of 1944 and in the Army Air Corps from April 1944 to April 1946. He received part of his military training at Yale University.
He was a member of the Rutland American Legion, and the Antioch Christian Church, Toluca, where he and his wife were very active. One of his loves in life was to swim.