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Francis Gary Wilder


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Francis Gary Wilder Obituary
Francis Gary Wilder

Francis Gary Wilder, 77, passed away on December 3, 2016. Gary was born September 17, 1939 in Luverne, Minnesota, to Beulah (Clark) and Roy Wilder. He later attended school in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 1957.

After high school, he joined the military and served as a medic for the Fleet Marines and was honorably discharged in 1961. Returning to Sioux Falls, he learned the floor covering trade from step dad Charles Davis. He married Gail Holten in 1961; they welcomed Renae Francis Wilder in April of 1963 and they later divorced. Gary's love of quality cars provided a 30-year career in the car business; he retired in 2005.

Gary was preceded in death by his daughter, Renae, parents, Beulah Davis, Roy Wilder, and stepfather, Charles Davis. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Trish and Bob Swanhorst, nephews, Rob and Randy Swanhorst, sweetheart, Kerrie Jo Bray, her children, and grandchildren.

Interment will be on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 PM at St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne, Minnesota.
Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 7, 2016
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