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William T. Wilder
February 11, 1930 - December 05, 2018
A native of Anderson, Indiana, Dr. Wilder earned a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University in 1955. Following completion of his education, he served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps aboard the USS Windham Bay, stationed out of Bremerton, Washington.
Dr. Wilder married his lifetime love, Sara Geneva Stewart, also of Anderson, Indiana, in 1958. Together, they relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where they raised a family and where he served a long and distinguished career in internal and sports medicine. His many accomplishments and honors include serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Case Western University; Chief of Staff, Lutheran Hospital; team physician and medical director, Cleveland Indians Professional Baseball Club; Team Physician, Cleveland Cavaliers Professional Basketball Club; President, Association of Major League Baseball Team Physicians; Physician-in-Attendance, H.R.H. Prince Charles and H.R.H. Princess Margaret; Recipient, Lutheran Medical Center Foundation "Leaders of the Year" Award; and recipient, Cleveland Clinic Western Region "Pillars of Medicine" Award.
Dr. Wilder was a longtime member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Beta Theta Chapter); Cleveland Academy of Medicine; Ohio State Medical Association; American Medical Association; American College of Physicians; Pasteur Society; Innominatum Society; and the Old Stone Presbyterian Church. He served as board member for Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center and was a Life Trustee and Board Member of Fairview and Lutheran Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
Following his retirement in 2000, Dr. Wilder loved spending his time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He also nurtured his love of drawing and painting by joining the Aquarelle Watercolor Society. He participated in local art shows, and was known for his annual Christmas cards which featured his original artwork.
Dr. Wilder is survived by his beloved wife, Sara; daughter, Jennifer W. Morgan (Guy) of Houston, Texas; son, W. Stewart Wilder (Debbie Osborn) of Boise, Idaho; and daughter, Carolyn W. Rose, (Daniel) of Avon Lake, Ohio. He is grandfather to Jason Morgan, Nathaniel Wilder, the late Cameron Wilder, Samuel, Jillian and Charlotte Rose.
Dr. Wilder's parents, Hazel Richardson Wilder and Dr. Gordon B. Wilder, his stepmother Myrtle Brown Wilder, and his brother, Richard Wilder, preceded him in death.
In his last days, Dr. Wilder was lovingly cared for by the staff of The Lutheran Home and Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care. The family is eternally grateful for the care and compassion extended to their beloved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.
A memorial service will be held at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 91 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.
Valet parking available at 1380 Ontario St. Family will receive friends at the Busch Funeral Home, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park, Ohio, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Old Stone Church or to the Lutheran Home, 2116 Dover Center Road, Westlake OH 44145.
Private interment. 440-333-9774. www.buschcares.com.
in memory of William
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Friday January 25, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Busch Funeral Home
21369 Center Ridge Road
Saturday January 26, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Stone Presbyterian Church
91 Public Square, Cleveland, OH, USA