Victor Mason Wilder
1938 - 2013
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Victor Mason Wilder will be held in the Family Room of the Pentecostal Church on Rapides Avenue at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th with a reception period following. He was born September 18, 1938 and passed into eternal life at Cabrini Grace Home on November 9, 2013 with his wife of 40 years, Elaine, at his side, the love of his life. They had just reached their 40th anniversary on Friday, November 8th.
He attended LSU for two years studying journalism and had the opportunity to interview famous LSU head coach Paul Dietzle for an article which was a highlight for him. During this time he was encouraged to nurture his natural musical talent as he could play the piano by ear, learned the guitar & had a gift for songwriting. He went on to become a recording artist with both Ric Records and Decca Records and had the experience of a recording session with musical greats Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer, backed by The Jordanaires and of performing at the dome in New Orleans with several artists, including Brenda Lee who asked for his autograph. His songs included Connie Sue, Earlene, My Love For You and Hey Little Girl.
He joined the Army in 1961 and was stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he stood out as a sharpshooter - in his field trials, he won both the company high fire and the battalion high fire, even though his M16 gun jammed during the competition and he had to operate it manually - at the presentation ceremony they had to figure out how he could accept two trophies and salute at the same time. He completed his military service in the Army reserves for another 5 years and was discharged in 1967.
He had a long and successful career in the life insurance industry working for Equitable, John Hancock and the last 12 years of his career with Selected Funeral & Life Insurance Company out of Hot Springs, Arkansas where he was highly regarded by the company and his co-workers. He won the first annual Outstanding Regional Representative award & then won it three years in a row. He retired in 2009 to move backed to Houston near his daughter and family, but was diagnosed with CHF shortly thereafter and moved back home to Alexandria in 2011 where his son and family reside.
He loved to play the piano, was a good golfer and could shoot the lights out on the pool table. He also loved to cook, always trying a new recipe. He and his wife, Elaine, had 40 wonderful years together, as in love on their 40th anniversary as they were on their first - they renewed their vows on their 10th and had planned a celebration for their 40th, but they were together which counted most. He leaves many joyous, cherished memories with his family - LSU games with Rusty when he was a boy where they staked out early and watched them line the field, plus many fun rounds of golf; he and Shannon loved to sit at the piano to sing and play and the grandchildren loved to play cards with him.
He loved animals and had a long series of precious pups in his life starting with his boyhood cocker spaniel, Comacho and later Buffy, Jodie, Bobo and his current cocker, Scooter, who will miss him greatly.
We ask that memorial contributions be made to the ASPCA or Humane Society.
Online condolences may be entered at the Magnolia Funeral Home website.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Wilbur and Edith Mason Wilder; uncles, Jack Wilder and M. L. Wilder.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 40 years, Elaine; son Rusty and wife Jennifer of Alexandria; daughter Shannon and son-in-law, Scott Voelkel of Houston, Texas; and his beloved grandchildren Austin (18), Peyton (16), Kathryn (14) and Reese (10) to whom he was known affectionately as both Sparky and Ditta which was his childhood nickname for himself!
Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 11, 2013