Robert George Wild, age 98, passed away peacefully June 14, 2021, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, after a brief illness. He was born February 23, 1923 in Jersey City, NJ, to Bernard Edward and Florence (Weider) Wild, the third of their four children.
In 1941, Bob graduated from Sharon (PA) High School where he excelled as student, had the lead role in the senior play, and was editor of the school newspaper. During high school he also attended a summer program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Bob served in the Pacific during WWII. In 1942, after enlisting in the Marines, he and some buddies were given the choice between Officer School and “Raider” School. Thinking it sounded exciting, they chose Raider School, only to soon learn they were enrolled in Radar School, something few people had even heard of. He was with the First Marine Division and his squadron served as support troops on Peleliu Island. The Battle of Peleliu resulted in the highest casualty rate of any amphibious assault in American history. Bob was on Peleliu for over a year and, as a radar specialist, was an instructor of night fighter pilots.
After the war, Bob attended Western Reserve University and worked part-time at a small chemical company. After graduating with a major in accounting, he continued in the field of chemical engineering, first working in sales, then by the mid 1960s, pioneering in the process of plating on plastic. He served as president of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Electroplaters Society and holds a number of patents.
In 1951, Bob met and married Marie Barbe of Bristolville, OH. During their 54-year marriage they raised 3 children and lived in the Cleveland area, Fraser (MI), and Sylvania (OH). Bob was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather who was always ready to help however he could. Each year, he and Marie carefully planned family vacations that rank high among many happy memories. One favorite, and the most ambitious, was a 2-week road trip through Mexico, all the way south to Acapulco. That was the summer of 1965, without A/C! Bob was also a fisherman and enjoyed decades of annual trips to Manitoulin Island, Ontario, a favorite family destination to this day.
He was preceded in death by his wife and siblings, and is survived by his children, Diane Schwartz (John) of Sylvania, OH, Laura Wild of Chicago, and Douglas Wild of Mt Clemens, MI; grandsons Brad Schwartz of San Diego and Rob Schwartz of Philadelphia; and many nieces and nephews.
The family appreciates the outstanding care he received at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, and the love and support from Sylvania United Church of Christ.
A private graveside gathering at Sager Memorial Cemetery in Bristolville, OH, will reunite Bob and Marie. In lieu of charitable donations, Bob requests random acts of kindness.
Arrangements are entrusted with Habegger Funeral Services. Habegger Funeral Services is honored to serve the Wild family. We encourage you to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.habeggerfuneralservices.com