Thaddeus W. "Bud" Wilde

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Mar 2 1931
Dec 17 2020
89 Years
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Thaddeus W. "Bud" Wilde was born March 2, 1931 to James William Wilde and Ruth Kirk Wilde in Parkesburg PA. He graduated from Parkesburg High School in 1949 and participated in band, basketball, assistant manager for the baseball team, and played in various roles in the school plays.  He went to Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and graduated in 1953.  He served two years of apprenticeship at the Wilde Funeral Home and became the 4th generation of Wilde funeral directors, which dates back to the late 1840s. 

He married Shirley Conover Wilde in 1954 and had three children Billy and wife Jean of Atglen, Betsy Benner and husband Bob of Gap, and Cathy Christ and husband Carey of Parkesburg.  Shirley died February 23, 1992. Bud remarried Suzanne Miller Wilde.  Bud has nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He also has two step children; Mary Pat Barton and husband Tom of Newark, DE and Michael Gain and wife Alison of New Hartford, Conn. and three step grandchildren.  

He was predeceased by his three siblings, Dorcas Ryan, James K. Wilde and William S. Wilde and one stepson, John Gain.  

Bud was a member of Parkesburg Methodist Church and former member of Parkesburg Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon, elder, and trustee. He had been a member of The Brandywine Goddard Masonic Lodge F & AM for 67 years.  He served on the Official Board of the Chester County Blind Association and the Parkesburg Centennial Committee in 1972. 

Bud joined the Parkesburg Fire Company at the age of 14 as a Junior Fireman.  He became Fire Chief from 1961 - 1963.  He also served as the Civil Service Director at that time. He served as one of the honorary Co-Chairs for the Capital Campaign Committee in 2019. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership.  

He was awarded The Parent Teacher Association Award of the Parkesburg School.  He was also awarded The Four Chaplain's Award. 

He became a member of the Parkesburg Lions Club May 1, 1977 and later served as President.  He also served on numerous committees during his membership and in February of this year he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.  

One of Bud's greatest pleasures was helping families in their time of need.  The love that he gave to the community in Parkesburg was reciprocated in kind by all who met him.    

All his life he enjoyed antique automobiles but his greatest pleasure was his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  His family will remember him for his generosity, love, and his ability to embellish stories, especially the ones he told his grandchildren.  His generosity to those he loved is his legacy. 

Funeral services will be private for his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bud's memory to SEPTBA, 601 Glen Run Drive, Atglen, PA 19310 in support of the restoration project to rebuild the 1917 Parkesburg Baseball Field and stands.

Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com  

Service Location: 
Private Services

Condolences

 

We are very sorry for your loss. Charlie and Bud go back a long way!  Bud is and always will be in our hearts.  Prayers to his family,

Jill and Charlie Scott

 

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Wilde family now and always !  So many great memories of such a wonderful man and family !  Prayers to all !  Sincerely,  Barb and Bernie Kilpatrick 

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Parkesburg has lost someone so valuable to our community. From th Russell, Butler, Devlin, Maxwell Families. Bud was there for the hardest times in our lives and always made things easier. Thank goodness for the next generation (and Nathan), the kindness and caring of this family is unheard of today and we sooooo appreciate you all. Much love ❤️ 

 

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Rest in Peace  Bud

 

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When we talk about fine people, good people, people that we admire, people who we respect. Thad Wilde will always be at the top of the list among the very best. A legend in his own time. R.I.P. 

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To the entire Wilde family,

Our community is mourning. Mr. Wilde was a one of a kind. He always made me smile. Such a kind, compassionate man who always thought of others. My last conversation with him was a couple weeks ago when he told me to be sure to drive past his house with the kids because Santa was in the window.
I will miss seeing him at the pharmacy. I loved him dearly. 
My thoughts and prayers are with all you during this time. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

 

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My condolences to the Wilde Family! I went to school with all the Wilde sons. Although I haven't lived in Parkesburg for a long time I know what a loss to the community it will be.

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Please know that my heart is breaking for you guys. I went past the funeral home today and my heart just was crying so bad. I know for me it's only been eight months but I miss my dad so much.  I just want to thank your family for all that you've done for us over the years and please know that you guys are in my heart and prayers. Your dad was an amazing man and a wonderful example for us to all follow. It was so obvious that he loved Jesus. I love you guys

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Sending sincere condolences to every member of the Wilde family. Bud was a good man and has comforted many families, and was a strong pillar of the community. 

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Our love and prayers for the Wilde family.  Bud was an amazing, virtuous man who personified Christ's teachings in service to our community and generations of my family.  Condolences to our dear friends; Bill and Jean, Betsy and Bob, Cathy and Carey, Caleb and Nicole, and Jim Wilde.  May you have peace during this difficult season.

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I'm so sorry for your loss he was a very kind man and I appreciate everything he did for my family may he rest in peace from the Thomas family

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So sorry to hear of your loss. Our family will miss him and all the help he has given us through the years.

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Our condolences to the entire Wilde Family for the loss of a good man and my friend, Bud.  I have many fond memories of Bud through the years growing up together in Parkesburg.  He was a great community leader, advisor, and friend to all.  May God give you peace and comfort.

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Our sincere condolences to the Wilde Family for the loss of a great man and community leader.  Our Dad, Howard Hanna, and all our family has many memories of Bud and the enitre Wilde family over the years.  May God give you comfort and peace.

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Thoughts and prayers to all the Wilde Family for the loss of a wonderful man and leader.  Bud was a kind and caring man and will be missed by all.  Sincerely, The Maul Family, Charlie, Sandy (Hanna), and sons, Chaz, Michael, and family

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So sorry for your loss. Just loved him.

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I am so sorry for your loss
Mr.wilde was a very sweet, kind caring man. He will be greatly missed

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When we heard Bud went home to Jesus our hearts were hurting, too.  Bud to us, a true Pillar of his community, a loving family man, an extremely kind and caring man, he had one of the most beautiful smiles ever, and I really loved his hugs whenever I saw him.  We pray for your comfort and peace in the months ahead.  Thankful no more pain from that terrible fall.  Please know our prayers will be lifted daily.  We will see him again in Glory.  Much Love to All, Kenny and Cheryl

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Our deepest heartfelt smpathy for your entire family. Bud was such a special man and will be very missed and always loved. So very sorry for your loss.
Love, Robin and Chuck

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Dear Billy & Jean, Betsy & Bob, Cathy & Carey and the rest of the Wilde family:  Sending my deepest sympathy in the passing of your Dad.  I know how much he loved all of you and you will miss him dearly!  Bud always made attending funerals a little easier with hugs and a kiss.  I'll never forget while working at the Social Security Office in West Chester--when I heard "Hi, Janie" from the front of the office--there stands your Dad and Uncle Jim who were accompanying a widow applying for her benefits.  They were so kind. I will miss Bud but know I will see him again in Heaven.  Much love to you all.   Jane

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To the entire Wilde Family:

Hal & I are at loss for words to explain what a great man Bud was.  Our hearts go out to the entire family at this sad time.  We send thoughts & prayers, hugs & love to all.  We will be praying through out this holiday season, for God give you strength to get thru his loss & for the years to come.  If any one in family should need us, Please do not hesitate to call! 

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A man everyone loved.  I never heard anyone say a bad thing about him.  He was with you at the worst time of your life but when you left him you felt so much better.  He had a way to calm and relax you during a stressful time.  Out in public he was a fun guy and always remembered you, he had a coffee gang back in the 80's and you could find them in Turkey Hill, Carmen's Restaurant and other local establishments laughing and pranking each other.  A big piece of Parkesburg is gone...RIP Bud.

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Prayers to the family , so sorry for your loss ❤️

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Bill, Betsy, Cathy and families - We are saddened to hear of Bud's passing.  He has touched so many families  in so many ways. We have such fond memories of Bud, and our thoughts are with you all.

Ann and Chris Gabel

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Our sincere condolences to the Wilde family for the loss of Bud.  We have many memories of Bud through the years.  Our Mom, Meriam Criswell McCord, just loved Bud.  He always gave her hugs and remembered us as one of Meriam's children.  May you have peace during this most difficult time to celebrate a loved ones life.  The visitor lines to show their respect and honor for Bud would wrap around every street in Parkesburg. 

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My deepest sympathy to the entire Wilde Family.  Bud's vocation was a gift to our community.  He and your family always knew how to make everyone feel like family at the worst times of their life.  May he rest in eternal peace. 

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Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Bud who was so close to you and lived a remarkable life. You are all in our prayers. The Alansky's 

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Growing up in Parkesburg, Jim and Bud Wilde had a profound influence on me. They seemed to always have a smile on their faces and a wise or kind word for all....even just a kid like me. I always thought that was especially remarkable given the fact that they spent their lives helping people get through the sadness of losing someone close to them. They encouraged me when I was selling seeds and cards door to door as an 8-10 year old. That encouragement led to a lot of confidence and, ultimately, success in my life. In 2009 they helped our family get through the loss of my Dad making his funeral a proper goodbye and saying and doing just what we needed to get through a tough day. It is rare that you can say the world is deminished by the loss of one person but in the case of Bud Wilde that would be true especially to the residents of Parkesburg where even in death he is still giving by asking for donations to rebuild a ball field for the town in lieu of flowers. I will always remember and treasure Bud Wilde! 

Karl Trommler

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Heaven got lots of hugs last week.

R.I.P., Uncle Bud. 

Rev. Mrs.Judith Herman Khan

 

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Thank you Bud so much for everything you've done for my family, it was deeply appreciated.
You are a dear friend and will always hold a special place in my heart.
You will be sorely missed.

Love Bill

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To the Wilde Family:

We are so sorry for your loss. With his death, an important member of Parkesburg is gone. He will forever be remembered for his kindness and thoughtfulness. God bless your family as you mourn his death. 
Jerry and Judi Flynn

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Thank you Bud for taking care of my Family all these years. You are one of the best. May God keep you forever. Ted and Gail Houston

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To the Wilde family we extend our most sincere sympathy during the loss of Bud. As not only your family mourns the entire community knows a sense of real loss. However we can take some solace knowing that Bud's ability to make the unbearable somehow bearable,that feeling that you were just talking with an old friend has been imparted to his heirs to our great benefit.

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Growing up the street from the Wilde's Funeral Home has left me with a lot of good memories. Both Jim and Bud were icons of the community and never failed in that role. Bud would always tease you and make you laugh in a friendly and entertaining way. I remember warm summer nights talking with him on the porch or seeing him in the back yard keeping it so well groomed. He had a real personality. He and Joe Young were good friends and I remember him trying to comfort me graveside when I lost my father as a young boy. I will not forget that. I am sorry for your family's loss. He was exceptional on many levels.

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To The Entire Wilde Family.  We are saddened to hear of your Loss.  It's very hard to cope with this, as we will not be seeing Bud again here on earth, but be certain, we will meet again in Heaven.  Bud was so loving, kind, thoughtful and always had a smile and comforting words to everyone.  The hugs and kisses will be missed, but will never forget them.  Bud was "The Best" inside and out. He also could be full of laughter at times.  Everyone that knew Bud loved him dearly and He loved them and knew their names.  Bud will live in our hearts forever.  May God Bless The Wilde Family thru  their loss, and may it bring some measure of comfort and relief to know that sympathetic thoughts and Prayers are with them always.  We will also be  driving by Bud's house this week to see Santa in the window.                RIP-BUD

Our Sympathy and Friendship,  Keeping you all in Our Prayers,

Doris and Barry Aberts

 

  

 

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Our entire community is mourning your loss. Bud was one of Parkesburg's finest who was there for us during our most difficult of times. He will be missed but his kindness and concern for others will be remembered forever.

Keeping you in our prayers,
Dave and Carol Entrekin

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Parkesburg lost a good man. You will be missed sorely. From the Swisher family, the Giannotta family, the Gough family. May you Rest In Peace Bud.

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You were a comfort through many tough funeral times for our family. A true gentleman and friend. We will miss you, GOD will take care of you in heaven! Rest In Peace Bub.

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To B, Betsy, Cathy, and the entire Wilde family, my deepest sympathy.  I knew Uncle Bud and Aunt Connie my entire life, and our families were so close.  When I think of them, I smile.  Each of you will be in my prayers.  To Bud, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant."  

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Bud cared about people. Really cared. He is a large reason why Wilde Funeral Home is part of the fabric of the Octorara community. Our family has been blessed many times by the Wilde family. We are thankful for Bud and the Wilde family. May God bless them in this time.

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 A loving man and generous to a fault.Always willing to give to the needy 
He gave me my first jackets as a missionary with youth Wirh A Mission I still treasure and keep the jackets in my closets 35years after.   Will miss him 

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The Wilde Family buried my great grandfather, my grandparents, my parents and sister - The Stern Family from Compass, St. John's Episcopal Church - Bud was just the greatest person and we are so blessed to have him in our lives.  The Wilde Family tradition will be carried on by his family -  a great family tradition.  The care and love of this family is the greatest gift for everyone.  Bud was a true buddy to our family.  God Speed.    Paul & Mary Lou (Stern) Weaver 

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Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Wilde family. He was always a gentleman and there for families in their time of need. The Lord will surely say, " Well done Thy Good and Faithful Servant."  Jay Steele and Lillian Ryan

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Yes,very good

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Sending love and prayers of comfort to the Wilde family, Bud was such a beautiful kind man, he always made you feel everything was gonna be ok with his kind loving words and heartfelt compassion. He will be so missed! I will miss his hugs and smile at church. 
All our love,
The family of Ken & Gale Pirches 

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To the Wilde family, Where do I start. Bud was a kind man making each day a little brighter to those who crossed paths with him either in person or by phone. Bud was there in our losses over the years. I got to see first hand how Bill, Jean, Caleb, Cathy....Jimmy & Nathan have learned from Bud in compassion for others. And I went to school with Betsy, such a kind person. Parkesburg has lost a great man! Love & Blessings, Cindy

 

 

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My heart goes out to his family.

He was such a kind and wonderful person. He buried 2 if my husbands. Showed so much compassion when you experienced a loss.

I will always cherish the times I met with him Art Keen And Vince Reed for coffee at Carmen's. I worked across the street at the time.

One day while I was struggling to parallel park. I finely got my car in the space. I got out of my car and I heard this cheering and clapping. There they were across the street, Bud, Art and Vince. He never let me live that down.

He will be dearly missed. But his memories will live forever in out hearts.

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Condolences to the entire Wilde family.

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I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Bud. Mr. Bud has always been an unpstanding figure in my life. I have known Mr. Bud for many years. He was a father figure to me and his family is like my own. I will forever be grateful to Mr. Bud for teaching me the funeral business and simply being a presence in my life. Mr. Bud will surly be missed! To the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

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Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Wilde Family . Bud was one of the Finest Men I have ever known and will be sorely Missed , When you saw Bud he always had a smile and a cheerful greeting , he always made you feel special. Unfortunatly men like him are very hard to come by , all I can do to honor his memory is to be more like him and try to live up to that legacy. God Bless you Bud, may you rest in peace Friend 

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To the Wilde family
   So sorry for your loss. Bud was a good man. He is gonna be missed.
          Tim and Linda Dunlap

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I can't say that I ever met a nicer guy. Always enjoyed running into him at Our Lady of Consolation at Funeral Masses. Always had nice things to say to me. He'll be missed.

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May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Sincerely,
Carol Wilson-Hutson, Gregory Wilson & Family, and Jesse Shank & Family

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There is not much left to say about But Wilde, that has not already been said.  To the Elvin and Thompson family, he was a man of compassion and love for everyone who walked through the door.  He never failed to give hugs and kisses, know your name and always asked about the family.  He would have stories also about members who had passed on.  His comford was part of the healing proscess.  I could go on but won't.  Our final words will be that Bud set a high standard and he was a Godly man.  We were honored and blessed to have known him. 

Richard and Mary D. (Skeet) Elvin

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It is impossible for me to think of Mr. Wilde without him having a smile on his face.  During the very difficult times of the passing of our family members, most recently my much loved cousin Lisa Devlin, he made every one around him feel better.  Seeing him was like being embraced iin a warm and caring hug and the entire communtiy is dimmed a bit by his passing.  I moved to Texas from Parkesburg more than 25 years ago but he still remembered me as one of the "Butler girls".  I don't know how he did it but he was able to recall a story about everyone.  I'm sure that you all have many, many stories that you created with him and I hope that all of your wonderful memories give you comfort as you move forward.  

Thinking of all of you, Kim Butler Hieber

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Having grown up on West Second Avenue with Billy, Betsy and Kathy, I will never forget Bud or Shirley Wilde, both wonderful citizens in the Parkesburg community. Bud was always friendly towards me and they don't make them like him anymore. RIP Mr. Thaddeus "Bud" Wilde. You will always be remembered in my heart for years to come. Thanks so much

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Condolences to the Wildes from the Swyderskis

One of our father’s peers from Parkesburg High School, Bud was a familiar and friendly face when circumstances would find us at Wilde’s or nearby churches.  Every family appreciates the Wildes services and Bud lead by example.  We wish reflected back to you all the love and support your family has always shown to others.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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<p>My condolence goes out to the entire Widle Family, my mother was Elizabeth Gray-Culclasure and she always spoke so highly of "Bud", when I worked at the VA and would call for Flags for our deceased veterans he would bring them so gracefully and say, just call me "BUD" he never wanted me to call him Mr. Widle.</p>

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<p>Bud was truly one of the kindest men I have ever known.
He had a very gentle beautiful spirit.
His genuine compassionate care for the families he served was always evident!
Well done Bud ! Enjoy your eternal reward in Heaven , I'll see you again my friend. The love of Jesus always shined brightly out of your life .
Thanks for always believing in the ministry Christ called me too , and for being such a blessing to me . Rev. Garry Fowler

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We were very sorry to hear of Buds death,we do hope he went peacefully. He will be missed by all our family, the wildes family has taken care of the Sheetz family for three generations. It will not be the same to come there and not see him at the door. From all our family our deepest sympathy to you all.  Your friends always  Mr.&Mrs. Gary L.Sheetz and children.

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Your dad was like a favorite uncle to me. His wisdom, compassion, humor and faith will live on in our memory always. What a blessing to have Bud Wilde as your dad-he loved you all so dearly. 
I will miss our porch visits. He was a special connection to the memory of my parents, . 
A dear, dear man who is missed greatly, though we know Heaven glows more brightly with his presence. 
Our heartfelt condolences to the Wilde family. 
Phil and Debbie Miller

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My deepest sympathy to the entire Wilde Family. "Uncle Bud" as my sister called him was the kindest and gentlest man. In our many times of grief, he was there for our families. I will forever think of him fondly especially when he came to my home after my mom died. He was so comforting to us. May God bless and comfort you all. 

 

 

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Two words come to mind when I think of Bud Wilde - gentle man.  My condolences to the entire Wilde family.  He was a kind and helpful man on a professional and personal basis.

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I knew Bud as a Parkesburg Lion from the time my father would take me as a young boy to special events in Parkesburg. Whether it was the Soap Box Derbies, broom sales or the fairs, I remember him being there.
 
I regularly would see him at my church for funerals. His smile, positive attitude, and demeanor aided those who were suffering from the loss of a dear one. It seemed to me he always had a chuckle when he spoke and always enjoyed talking about Parkesburg.  
 
The last time I spent time with Bud was in a Parkesburg parade when I rode with him in his classic car. During the ride, he shared with me his outlook on changes he perceived in today’s world and specifically Parkesburg. His love for the community was evident in all that he did.
 
My deepest sympathy to the Wilde family.   

-- Jim Norton

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We had the utmost respect for Bud Wilde.  It was always nice to run into him when taking walks around town.  Talking to him and joking around was always a pleasure.  We've attended many funeral services and he would always make you feel better.  So kind and uplifting.  Even when my parents passed away he was there and helped in keeping things calm, yet respectful.  He was a truly good man.  One of a kind.

Sympathys to his family.  Know that he touched so many people and they're the better for it.

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TO the whole Wilde Family., condolences from the bottom of my ❤. I remember going to a lot of funerals up at your Funeral Home when "BUD" WILDE Would open that front door with a big smile
On his face when greeting you at that door, with a special hug from him. I was always comfortable when seeing Bud Wilde and his son William "Bill" with their comforts to you when it was someone in your family that had died. I will miss Mr. Wilde and his "SMILE" Greeting you. R.I.P. Bud Wilde, say Hi to my Mom Jennie Kelly and my Husband Charles Tyndall as you go into the pearly gates of Heaven to greet Jesus AND all his Family.

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Our heart goes out to the Wilde family.at this time. The Wilde famiily and in particular "Bud" , has been there for the extended McLucas family for as long as I can remember. Such a caring and compassionate man as I have .ever met. God speed "Bud " and may we meet, one day  on the other side..

William "Mac" McLucas and family 

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Extending heartfelt condolences to the Wilde family on the loss of Mr. Bud Wilde. Mr. Wilde had a long relationship with my family, and grew up playing with my uncle John States.  He handled final arrangements for many of my relatives, and in particular I will never forget how his quick wit and sensitive humor brought a smile to my face while viewing my grandmother Roberta Ruth. I didn’t think I could possibly find something to laugh about, but Mr. Wilde knew better.  May you Rest In Peace!

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Dear Wilde Family,

 Thinking of you, May God send His Blessings and comfort , Sincerely Pastor Hicks.

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No matter how bad the pain of each loss in my family, we always came away from making arrangements feeling comforted by Bud.  He was compassionate, kind, and always spoke gently.  I am grateful that his presence softened every blow, and I know how much it meant to my dad to have Bud handle our family's arrangements.  I loved listening to the two of them reminisce.  Parkesburg has lost a good man, but his light will continue to shine on in all that he has done for the community.  My deepest condolences to the Wilde family.

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  Our condolences to the entire Wilde family. Having grew up in Parkesburg, I have Know Bud all my Life. He was a super person and an amazing man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

                                                                                              Dorothy Manley / Hess family      

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We are so sorry for your loss. Bud will be missed by so many, he was always so kind. He helped so many families in their time of sorrow, he definitely made it easier for all of us. Love and Prayers, Ron and Jean Reel and Family.

Submitted by Reel Jean on Wed, 12/23/2020 - 01:00

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Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He was so kind and seeing his face greeting families at the door brought so much comfort to so many people. He will be missed by all.   The Brown Family. 

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So sorry for your loss  Mr. Wilde was a comfort to many people when they needed comforting. Him and his family helped our family through hard times. He will truly be missed by all.     ❤️  Chuck and Nancy Brown 

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Bud and I went to school together from the cradle, played ball, attended Parkesburg Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed a lifelong friendship.  I and my family are so sorry for your loss.  Parkesburg has lost a good man and we have lost a good friend.  Sincerely, Robert "Bob" Conway

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To the Wilde family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I am also truly sad for the rest of us who lost Bud as well. He was a wonderful person. The world lost a great man, but God gained a new angel.  

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The Newswanger family always had funerals there. My Dad and my Uncle and identical twins and Bud always called them Jimmyjohn because he couldn't tell them apart. Dad passed 8 days after Bud, so I hope he saw Dad and yelled "Jimmyjohn, what are you doing here?" 

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To the Wilde Family,

So sorry to hear of "Bud's" passing. A Parkesburg institution and such a dear and kind man. My condolences,

Ruth Wren

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We are sorry for your loss! Bud was always respectful, treated everyone he met as a friend. If everyone was like Bud this was be a completely different world!

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I will miss Bud for his kindness and compassion, his smile and hugs, the twinkle in his eyes when he spoke to you. He made me feel right at home when I moved to Parkesburg 30 years ago, and greeted me like an instant friend. 30 years later, I still looked for him when I drove through town to wave or stop and have a chat. He had a gift for making people feel cared for and he had all the time in the world to listen when you needed to talk. Thank You Parkesburg for honoring this special man with a Bud Wilde Day. We had the chance to thank him and show him how much he means to us. 

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We have just learned of his passing.  So sorry for your loss!  He was a very kind person, he will be missed!

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