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James Kirk Wilde of Parkesburg James Kirk Wilde, 84, of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Honey Brook, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was the husband of Betty Stackhouse Wilde and they recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville he was the son of the late James W. and Ruth Kirk Wilde. He was a graduate of the former Parkesburg High School, class of 1947, where he served as class president. He was a graduate of the first two year class of Eckles College of Mortuary Science in 1949, earned the Dean's Award and was a member of Eckles Fraternity Lambda Zeta Nu. He proudly served as Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, working as a medical aidman instructor, the Quartermaster Corp, and in the Field Operations service of the 8204th American Grave Registration Service. He returned to Parkesburg and joined his family funeral home business as the fourth generation and was still active alongside his son, brother and nephews. In 1986 he was honored in Florida by the National Funeral Director Association and the United States Government for service in the Korean War Casualties. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Parkesburg where he served as Elder, Trustee, Deacon, youth director and choir member for many years. He holds membership in the Chapel of the Four Chaplains of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4480 of Parkesburg. He belonged to the former American Legion Post 431 of Parkesburg serving as Adjutant, Chaplain and Judge Advocate. He was a life member of Legion Post 422 of Honey Brook. In 2001 he received the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was a 50 year member of the former Keystone Lodge #569 F & AM of Parkesburg and a current member of Brandywine Goddard Lodge #383 of Coatesville. He was a life member of the Parkesburg Fire Company and was an ambulance driver for over 23 years and has received numerous civic awards. Despite all his achievements and awards those closest to him will cherish his role as a family man, his devotion to God, and his charity toward his community. One of his last contributions was the "Welcome to Parkesburg" sign in the heart of town. He is now welcomed in his heavenly home and resides on our hearts. In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Sharon L., wife of Miles K. Reinhart of Cochranville, James N., husband of Amy Chaballa Wilde of Parkesburg; grandchildren, Gretchen, wife of Joe Torres of Macungie, Matthew Reinhart of Cochranville, Lindsay, Joey and Abby Wilde of Parkesburg; and great- grandchildren, Haydn, Caleb and Alex Torres of Macungie; brothers, Thaddeus W. and William S. Wilde of Parkesburg; and an "adopted son" Jeff Ramsden of Christiana, Pa. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorcas Ryan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, from the Parkesburg United Presbyterian Church, 511 Main St., Parkesburg. The family will receive visitation immediately following the service. The internment will be private. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Memorial donations can be made to the Presbyterian Church at the above address.
Published in The Daily Local on Nov. 30, 2013
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