Milton S Wilding, 87, of Sugar City, died peacefully at his home Saturday, June 14, 2014.
He was born May 25, 1927, to David Rawlin and Venna Leavitt Wilding in Teton City, Idaho. He was the youngest of six children and had much responsibility, as his father died when he was 13 and his mother was severely disabled. At age 16, with his brothers serving in WWII, he ran the family farm east of Teton and cared for his mother. When he was of age, Milt was also drafted to serve in the war, but was granted a deferment because he was the head of the household. He attended Sugar-Salem High School and Ricks College.
Milton was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions, as well as serving in the Northern States Mission.
He married his sweetheart, Mona W Pincock, on May 12, 1950, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They began their life together in Teton, but soon moved to the Magic Valley area, where they rented farm ground in Roseworth, Eden, Jerome and Gooding. Milt also worked at the Twin Falls Sugar Factory.
In 1961, they moved back to Sugar City and bought the Pincock family farm on Highway 33, where he farmed for the rest of his life. He also worked at American Potato in Rexburg. Milt loved animals. He milked cows until the Teton Dam broke and washed them away. After the flood, the cows were replaced by a herd of sheep that he kept until just a few years ago. He drew a lot of attention as he fed the sheep in the winter with a horse-drawn sleigh.
Milton and Mona enjoyed taking their RV and traveling to Arizona in the winter. They have enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada.
He is survived by his wife, Mona of Sugar City; children, Roland (Patrice) Wilding of Sugar City, Brenda (Gary) Hutchings of Fallon, Nev., Bruce (Jill) Wilding of Rexburg, Karen (Ryan) Smith of Sandy, Utah, and Blaine (Allison) Wilding of Firth; 22 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Malin, Ray, Lee and Barch Wilding; and sister, Florence Schwendiman.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Sugar City LDS Chapel on Main Street. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Teton-Newdale Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.flammfh.com.