Frank C. Wilde, 88, of Mentor, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Altercare of Mentor surrounded by his family. Frank and his wife of nearly 67 years, Lorraine (Bergstrom) Wilde have lived in Mentor since 1960, having moved from Madison.
Frank was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Clymer, N.Y., to John and Mildred Roush Wilde. He was a U.S. Army
veteran during WWII
. He served from 1943 to 1946. Following the war, Frank and Lorraine married on Nov. 30, 1946.
Mr. Wilde was a member of the Pipefitters Union Local 120, retiring in 1987. Frank also spent 50 years as a volunteer firefighter
. Of those 50 years, he spent the last 21 years serving with the Mentor Fire Department. He retired from Station 4, as captain, in 1986. He was also a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, as well as a ranger at Blackbrook Golf Course in Mentor.
Frank is survived by his wife, Lorraine; children, Wendy (Brian) Butcher of Willoughby and Mark (Kathy) Wilde of Mentor; granddaughters, Amanda (Bill) Pate, Emily (Claudio Fuentes) Butcher and Anna Wilde; brother, John Wilde of Florida; and sister, Margaret Adams of Georgia.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Walker; and brother, Paul Wilde.
A private burial has been held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.
The family entrusted his care to Davis-Babcock Funeral Home in Willoughby.