Michael J. Wilder, Sr., 55, of Galesburg, died at 4:25 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born October 24, 1958 the son of Bruce and Louise (Hamilton) Wilder. He married Kimberly Thierry in 1989.
He is survived by his father, Bruce Wilder and mother, Louise Wilder, both of Galesburg; children, Michael J. Wilder Jr., Tiffany Wolfe, Tara Wilder, Kristi Wilder, and Olivia Wilder, all of Galesburg; his girlfriend, Sheila Perez of Galesburg; two stepdaughters, Jaeden Perez of Peoria and Hannah Perez of Galesburg; nine grandchildren, Cienna Wolfe, Cain Robins, Cirrus Robins, Malik Wilder, Maliyah Wilder, Keely Whittaker, Jordyn Perez, Ayden Perez, and Josiah Perez; a sister, Cindy Wilder of Chicago; a special nephew, Marlon LaViolette of Galesburg; a special pal, Payton Moye; special friends, Pearl Wiley, Leon Pulliam, and Denise Deffenbaugh; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mike was a firefighter for the city of Galesburg for 28 years, retiring from the Fremont St. station in 2009. He was raised and educated in Galesburg, graduating from Galesburg High School in 1976. He was a member of the 1974 GHS freshman basketball team that had an undefeated season. He attended Northeast Missouri State University for two years. Mike participated in Leadership Greater Galesburg and the Neighborhood Watch BBQ. He received the first Firefighter of the Year Award and was a member of Firefighters Local #555. He was an IHSA basketball official and softball umpire for several years. Mike was an avid fisherman, Cardinals fan, and loved to BBQ ribs.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Tyson Parks III will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Galesburg Firefighters will provide an Honor Guard at the visitation and funeral service. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to an education fund for Kristi Wilder and Olivia Wilder in care of F&M Bank. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.