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Joseph Wylder Sr.

Joseph Wylder Sr.

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CLINTON - Joseph George Wylder Sr., 102, Clinton, died at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 1, 2006) at Hawthorne Inn, Clinton.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton, with the Rev. Leah Pogemiller officiating. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Clinton United Methodist Church.

He was born Oct. 16, 1904, at Honey Bend, son of Joseph Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Odgen Wylder. He married Mildred Rose Miller on Aug. 18, 1926, at Jacksonville. Mildred passed away Dec. 20, 1999.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Jo (John) Devereaux, State College, Pa.; three sons, Joseph George Jr. (Carole) Wylder and Timothy Miller Wylder, both of Clinton; and John Thomas (Viki) Wylder, Tallahassee, Fla.; three grandchildren, Janet Renee Eklund, Andover, N.H.; Timothy Larry (Jeannine) Wylder, Bloomington; and David Kenneth (Karen) Michel, State College, Pa.; and four great-grandchildren, Kristina Rose Wylder and Danelle Kathleen Wylder, both of Chicago; Matthew Joseph Wylder, Rockford; and Michael Arthur Eklund, Andover, N.H.

He belonged to the Clinton United Methodist Church and served his church well during his lifetime.

Joe graduated from Litchfield High School in 1922, Illinois College with a BS and University of Illinois with a Master's Plus. He was a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent during his 43 years of teaching. He was also an ironworker and belongs to International Iron Workers' Union. He was at the following schools: Palmyra, Stonington, Kilbourne, Beason, Reynolds and Rock Ridge at Edgington, Ill., and Attica, Ind. He coached football, baseball, basketball, volleyball and track. He was still attending sporting events after his 100th birthday. He was a lifelong Cardinals fan and attended a game in St. Louis when he was 99½. Wylder Baseball Field at Terry Park in Palmyra was named for Joe. He was a 70-year member of Palmyra Masonic Lodge and a member of S.A.R.

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