Larry Wildermuth
Bean Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc.
129 East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA
Larry Guy Wildermuth, our dearly beloved father, 72, of Rockland Township, peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in his residence. He was the husband of Margaret R. (Koleczek) Wildermuth, married 51 years. Born in West Reading, Mr. Wildermuth was the son of the late Guy L. and June A. (Plowfield) Wildermuth. He was a member of Alsace Lutheran Church and was a High School History Teacher at Oley Valley High School. Mr. Wildermuth was head wrestling coach at Oley Valley High School for 28 years; head wrestling coach at Tulpehocken Junior High School; History department chairman at Oley Valley High School; chief negotiator at Oley Valley High School; member of Albright Alumni Association; member of World’s Affair Council; member of Berks County Hall of Fame; Chess Club Advisor; Assistant Wrestling coach Tulpehocken Elementary School for 4 years; attended Lehigh University and Wilkes College 21 st Century Education Program. In addition to his wife Margaret, Mr. Wildermuth is survived by his daughters Erika B. Schaffer, wife of Keegan Schaffer of Dallas, PA and Jenel B. Schaffer, wife of Brynn Schaffer of Bethel and his 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Steve Wildermuth, husband of Debra Wildermuth and their children, Amanda Wildermuth and Dan Wildermuth of Essex Junction, Vermont and his sister Susan Moll, wife of Tim Moll of West Lawn and their children, Cindy Raney, Jason Moll, and Samantha Moll. Funeral Service and Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center 333 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497 or Albright College Scholarship in memory of Mr. Larry Guy Wildermuth, 1621 North 13 th Street, Reading, PA 19612. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be scheduled at a later date. Bean Funeral Home, 129 East Lancaster Ave. Shillington is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at
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Larry was perhaps the mist interesting man to whom I talked often. We. Always seemed to challenge and spur each other in all situations. My only regret is that we lost touch over the years. I guess what I appreciated most about Larry was his drive, passion and quest for excellence in every thing he tackled. I know he will be missed by Margie and his family immensely.
John Hart
April 17, 2020
Marg, Jenel, and Erika,
So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We have fond memories of our fun times together during the "gym" years. Hope you find some peace in knowing so many people are thinking of you. God bless you.
Kathy and Jeff Good
Kathy Good
April 9, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Wildermuth Family,
There has never been a time in my life when I thought or referred to Larry as anything other than Coach. My attentions and devotions to family and life have made years pass quickly, and distance has grown between many of my mentors from youth. Never once, not for a day, have the lessons from Coach Wildermuth slipped my mind. I did not realize it when I was young, but Coach has been with me, pushing me to do better in college and school. Coach has been with me, driving me to excel in my work and career. Coach is with me daily as I teach my children lessons such as self discipline, dedication, teamwork, and how to reach just a little deeper inside your heart in anything you do. Many years passed until I spoke to Coach just recently, while I was supporting my own family through our fight with cancer. Thankfully, I was able to tell Coach how much he meant to me and the difference he made in my life. During this recent conversation Coach, in his classic style, filled me with encouragement, shared with me techniques, made me see different points of view, filled me with faith, and once again made me reach deeper in my heart than ever to support my family's cancer fight. Coach will never be forgotten. My and my family's sincere condolences to the Wildermuth's.
Erich Poch and Family.
Erich Poch
March 31, 2020
Marge, Jenel and Ericka

As you know Larry was a great man too many people. To me he was like a father, he was always there for me no matter what. I remember I was having trouble in his Russian history class and he would pick me up at home, take me to the Albright library and teach me how to study and I still study to this day like that. He taught me how to be a man, always be proud of myself, always look someone in the eyes when you talk to them, shake someones hand with a firm handshake. I loved our talks about life and how I needed to always be positive and they were not always about wrestling but a lot of them were. He had a passion for this sport as well as myself. Wrestling has taught me how hard work always pays off and sometimes you lose but you learn from those mistakes you will get better, he taught me that. I dont know what I would be if I never met Larry Wildermuth. I had so many great times with him and I will never forget them. He loved so much being with his grandchildren, he told me all the time that he could not wait to see them wrestle in High School. He will just not from here. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with me, I will never forget that man.

Joe Fick
March 30, 2020
Mr. Wildermuth was one of the first teachers to truly challenge me to think, he was a cherished mentor that pushed me to imagine a world beyond the confines of our sleepy rural town. I wouldn't be the person am today without him.
Anthony Mell
March 30, 2020
To the Wildermuth Family, Our condolences to you. Larry and Marge have helped me throughout in ways they will never know. My hope is to return at least half of that to us all. You will not be forgotten!

Peace & Love

T & D
Tom Spitz
March 29, 2020
Marge, Jenel, and Erika,

Larry was a dynamic and intelligent individual who helped shape me as a person, teacher and coach. He sparked my passion to read science fiction and fantasy novels. As I grew as an athlete, he was able to provide the mental toughness required to succeed at high levels.

Most importantly, he provided insight into the teaching world that was unmatched. He guided and mentored me to take chances in the class room and in coaching circles.

His passing has created a void and a loss that can not be adequately expressed.

I will miss him, but will hold onto the fantastic memories that have gone on throughout my life.

You will be missed......thank you for being a positive light in my life.

March 29, 2020
Widermuths, we have wonderful memories of Larry at Evergreen, and were very sorry to hear of his passing. We hope your family stays stand and heathy. Much love, Joanne and Fran Kosloski
March 29, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss and wish you peace and healing.
Teresa Lazarz
March 29, 2020
To the Wildermuth family
Do feel the love of having a great man for your dad and husband. We all will shed tears for missing him and knowing him we feel Loss and Joy. . Yours will be deeper but mine will last too. as they already have, Occasionally i go through the mementos of my life and read a handwritten note he gave me. . i read it every five years or so and it came from Larry. it basic theme was on coaching...... "You were able to get the best out of the team without too much effort you are well suited for the task". That means a lot in all avenues of dealing with people
I didnt know at the time of getting that note of Larrys illustrious wrestling career which makes it more precious . I always came back to read the letter for confidence and thankfulness and strength of purpose. That is a great gift to give people and it lasted longer than the bottle of wine that came with the note.
Larry words and the quality of his family will always be with me for love strength and reasons that give me pride to have shared a small part of our lives with him and his girls.

Fran Kosloski
wernersville pa
Fran Kosloski
March 29, 2020
Joe Fick
March 28, 2020
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