Your dad was a gentleman and officer. I remember many fun evenings in their home in the 1960s. Then, he had me to dinner when my daughter began her OU experience in 2000. I have kept up with him through Mr. Ford on the OU Business School board. He was special! It was sad to learn of your loss.
I never met Col. Wiltse but I can say that he raised an amazing son named Elliott. Elliott displays respect, generosity and encouragement in his personal life as well as in his interactions with the people he mets. Col. Wiltse and his wife did an excellent job raising Mr. Elliott.
I owe a great deal of gratitude to Colonel Wiltse and his wife for being who they were and for what they gave me. They always welcomed the little girl from across the street into their home, where they taught me about the wonders of Asia, the honor of military service, and the value of community. Rest in peace.
I remember COL Wiltze from my first two years (1967-69) in CAPERS (a coed group affiliated with ROTC) and thought the world of him. I hope that all of the kind words here will be of comfort to his family at this very hard time.
Dutch was an incredibly exuberant and positive man. I knew him through Ace Hardware in Norman. I was introduced to him one afternoon when he brought bananas to the West Main store staff. I found out later that this was a weekly event and everyone looked forward to his visits. Dutch was kind and thoughtful and always had an encouraging comment. He will be missed.
It was my pleasure to meet, and be aquainted with, this true gentleman while Elliott and I were geology grad students. Men like Colonel Wiltse put their lives on the line to protect our freedom and way of life. How can we not be eternally grateful?
Colonel Wiltse was also my Professor of Military Science from '65-'69. I owe much of my military experience to the Colonel's guidance and strongly worded suggestions. I salute Colonel Wiltse, the man and the soldier. Thank you sir!
I met Colonel Wiltse when I served as the OU PMS from 1976 to 1980. He was an exceptional man, officer, mentor and friend.
Billy C. Butler
Colonel USA, Retired
We met Woody when we joined Noman Chamber Ambassadors. He was a lovely, generous person. He also enjoyed visiting with us about his time he spent in Ansbach, Germany while in service. Woody, we will miss you.
I first met Colonel Wiltse when he served as an Ambassador with the Norman Chamber of Commerce when I worked there in the mid-late 80's and early 90's. He always had a warm smile and a big hug for me, even years later when I would run into him at Homeland in the mornings. We have lost another hero and member of the Greatest Generation, they don't make men like that anymore. The Wiltse Family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
COL Wiltse was my Professor of Military Science from 1965 thru 1969 in ROTC at OU. He was my hero and helped shape my life as a cadet and young officer. Luckily, we renewed our friendship the last few years. He will never be forgotten.
I have had the privelege of knowing Woodrow since 1998 when I joined the Ambassadors Committee for the Norman Chamber of Commerce and he was the chairman at that time. He was a wonderful "gentlemen" to all who came in contact with him. He enjoyed popping pop corn for our meetings and having cake with us each month. Sydney Shilling
I met Col Wiltse for the first time just about 2 weeks ago. I had coffee with he and a group of other Veterans at Homeland last week. He and I became friends instantly and we had a wonderful visit. We talked about our experiences as both having been Colonels in the Army Field Artillery. His great smile and whit will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I am so honored to have met him and enjoyed our friendship even if only for such a very short period of time. The world has lost a great soldier and a great human being.
Kenneth A. Younkin
Col, USAR Ret.