Gillies Funeral Chapel


Lawrence Dare Wilde, Jr.

Sept 17, 1923 ~ December 28, 2016

Viewing: Friday, January 6, 2017, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City

Memorial service: Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City,

Interment: Brigham City Cemetery


Alaska – Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, Lawrence Dare Wilde, Jr, 93, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in Alaska. He was born on September 17, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Lawrence Dare and Keren Skidmore Wilde. He was reared and educated in Brigham City and graduated from Box Elder High School in 1941. Lawrence was called to the US Air Force in 1943, he was a pilot of a B-17 Bomber and flew thirty missions over Germany during World War II. Lawrence graduated from Utah State University in Forestry. He worked as a Forest Ranger in Sequoia National Monument, he then was called back to the US Air Force to serve in the Korean Conflict. He retired from the US Air Force. Following his service in the Air Force, he continued his work in Alaska as a park ranger. He married Elaine Fay Owens in Lincoln, Nebraska, from this union they have three sons, Lawrence Dare Wilde III, Ron Wilde and Alan Wilde. They were later divorced after the Vietnam War. Lawrence then met and married Claudia Gurley in September 1973 in the Ogden LDS Temple. They lived in Palmer, Alaska and from that union he added four children to his family, Lyndsey, Mark, John, and Jessica. Lawrence was an Eagle Scout, he was involved in the Boy Scouts Organization, and he started scout troops in Guam, SAC headquarters and other military bases during his career in the military. Surviving are his wife, Claudia; six children, Ron, Alan, Lyndsey, Mark, John and Jessica and numerous grandchildren. Also surviving are two siblings, Virginia (DeVon) Breitenbeker; Jerry (Kay) Wilde both of Brigham City. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Lawrence Dare Wilde, III; one sister, Phyllis Schultz and one brother, Richard Wilde. Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, with a viewing being held from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Following services military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.

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