Paul Wild

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Paul W. Wild, 88, of Freeburg, IL, born April 29, 1930, in Freeburg, IL, died Friday, December 14, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Wild worked as a coal miner before his retirement. After his retirement, he enjoyed many years working as a cafeteria supervisor at Freeburg Community High School.  Paul was a U. S. Army Korean War veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Kathryn, nee Franke, Wild; a sister, Doris Muckenturm; and two brothers, Lloyd Wild, in infancy, and Willard Wild.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Mary A., nee Becker, Wild whom he married on March 14, 1987;
a son, Paul B. Wild;
two step-daughters, Lynn (Mark) Vasquez, and Nancy (Tusi) Lealaimatafao;
six grandchildren, Crystal (T.J.) Cox,
Samantha (Nate) Hagemann, Stacie Vasquez, D.J. Lealaimatafao, Abby Lealaimatafao, and Jason Lealaimatafao;
three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Makayla, and Jackson;
five sisters-in-law, Ruby Wild, Elaine Wild, Gerry Becker, Norene Becker, Bernice Gaskill, and Rose (Al) Heiligenstein;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice, especially Bonnie, Julie, and Magen. Thanks also is extended to the staff at DaVita Dialysis in Shiloh, IL

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at  1 p.m.  Monday, December 17, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


10 Comments on Paul Wild

Glenn schaefer said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2018 at 2:24 AM

I'm sorry for your loss, Mary. You and Paul made such a good and fun-loving couple.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Mary Wolff said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2018 at 8:21 PM

Mary, my condolences. I always loved lunch time because I got to see Paul. He alway put a smile on my face even if I was having a bad day.

  • Mt.sterling
  • Illinois
Fay Monroe said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2018 at 10:01 PM

Mary and Paul I'm so sorry to hear about Paul please know I'm thinking and praying for peace during this difficult time Sincerely Fay

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Jenni Phelps said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2018 at 1:06 PM

Mary, So sorry for your loss. Used to love seeing you and Paul around town. Such a good spirited person. Love, Jenni Phelps (Barkau)

  • Olive Branch
  • Ms
Suzanne Borger-Trentman said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2018 at 4:56 AM

Mary & family, So sorry to hear about Paul. He was one of my most favorite people. Mom use to tell me stories about when they were kids and how much fun they had together. I guess now they'll be having fun again. Deepest Sympathy, And all my love. Suzy

  • Boerne
  • Tx
Angela dayton said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2018 at 4:33 AM

Sorry for ur loss Mary sending prayers ur why

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jack Crowe and Anna Marie crowe said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2018 at 9:58 PM

Mary and family, so sorry for your loss. He enjoyed his time at Freeburg High school .May he rest in peace.

  • N. Ft. Myers,
  • Fl.
Steve Skasick said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2018 at 2:45 PM

Mary, I was so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was a true gentleman. I am thankful for the many hours we spent together discussing the world's problems, but probably solving none of them. May he rest in peace.

  • Maryville
  • IL
Mary Vielweber said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2018 at 9:44 PM

Mary and family. So sorry for your loss. Carried many a meal to Paul while working at Rudy’s (now Gary’s Restaurant). Lots of laughs with him back in those days. A genuine nice guy.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Susan Anderson said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2018 at 9:06 PM

Mary and family: I am so sad to hear about Paul. Roger Rubemeyer and I always loved talking to him when we were out and about. I could see how devastated Paul was when Roger died in January. They were such good friends. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  • Trenton
  • Illinois

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