Obit: Wildish, Everett H. (1897 - 1948)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Wildish, Bancroft, Booth, Seif, Zasoba, Gerboth, Frank, Deil, Svirnoff, Cole, Rosekrans, Fahlgren

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) February 26, 1948

Wildish, Everett H. (21 April 1897 - 21 February 1948)

Masonic Rites Held for Everett Wildish a life-long resident of this area died suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Masonic funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Masonic Temple for Everett H. Wildish, 50, of Neillsville, whose sudden death occurred Saturday evening February 21, (1948), at his home. The Rev. Floyd A. Fahlgren of the Methodist Church was the officiating pastor, and Masonic services were in charge of A. L. Devos. Dr. Sarah Rosekrans sang "An Evening Prayer" by Charles Gabriel, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Kathryn Cole. Burial was made in the Neillsville Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Russell Christianson, Leo Foster, John Rude, Robert Wagner, Henry Wittke and Leslie Yorkston. A funeral escort was furnished by the Commandery. The Cole Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wildish’s parents, John and Frances Bancroft Wildish, lived on a farm in the Town of Pine Valley, and there on April 21, 1897, he was born. When he was a small child, he moved with his parents to Neillsville, his entire life being spent in this community, where he has been well and favorably known.

He attended the Neillsville schools and served in World War I, leaving Neillsville with Company A, of the 32nd Division. While in the army he was graduated from the Neillsville High School in June, 1917. He was transferred to the headquarters department, 121st Machine Gun Corps of the 32nd Division, and served with that department 24 months. Ten days after his discharge in May, 1919, he began work at the local Condensery and has been with them ever since. He had worked at the Condensery on Saturday, the day of his death.

Mr. Wildish was active for many years in Masonic circles. He was a member of the Past Masters of Neillsville Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 163 the Neillsville Chapter, R. A. M., No. 66 and the Neillsville Commandery, K. T. No. 36. He was also a member of the Haugen-Richmond Post, No. 73 of the American Legion.

On September 2, 1926, he was married to Miss Myrtella Belle Booth at Platteville. She with their two children, Marilyn Jane, 9, and John Booth, 5 survive. Also surviving are two sisters and two brothers. The sisters are Mrs. Grace Seif and Miss Laura V. Wildish of Neillsville. The brothers are Harry Wildish of Webster, Mont., and George Wildish of Miles City, Mont. A sister, Jennie, and three brothers, Horace, Roland and Allen, and his parents preceded him in death.

Mr. Wildish had not been well for some time, and had been forced to be careful because of his heart.

Among the out-of-town relatives and friends here for the services were: Mr. and Mrs. George Wildish, Miles City, Mont.; Mrs. Wildish’s mother, Mrs. Nellie Booth, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Booth and Mr. and Mrs. Gus Booth, all of Platteville; Mrs. Walter Booth, Detroit, Mich.; Hugh Wildish, Mrs. Lester Zasoba, and Mr. and Mrs. Irv Gerboth, all of Milwaukee; Mrs. Alonzo Frank, Waukesha; Mrs. Louis Deil, Watertown; and Mrs. Rose Svirnoff, Minneapolis.



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