William W. "Bill" Wilding was born in Winner, S.D., on March 29, 1924, to William Kasper and Ruth Inez Root Wilding. Following graduation from Winner High School, Bill worked with his father on a farm in south central South Dakota during World War II. He raised grain crops and produced milk on a small dairy. He married Thelma A. McFarland on June 2, 1947. They were blessed with four children.
Bill Wilding is survived by: his wife, Thelma Wilding; a brother, Dr. Lawrence Wilding; his four children, Gene Wilding, Marian Myers, Nancy Prill and Randy Wilding. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who live in British Columbia, Washington, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.
Bill grew up loving to sing, hunt, watch baseball and fly airplanes. He sang in high school chorus and as well as in choirs, quartets, trios, duets and solos in churches throughout his life. He hunted black-tail deer, antelope and pheasant in South Dakota. After leaving the family farm in 1963, the Wilding family moved to Rapid City, S.D. Then in 1969 Bill moved to Minot. After retirement in 1989 as a rural postal carrier he enjoyed fishing for northern and walleye pike in Red Lake in Canada during an annual fishing trip with his oldest son, Gene, and son-in-law, Bill Myers.
During retirement, Bill and Thelma traveled the country in their RV. They moved to Dowling Park, Fla., in 2003, to be near Bill's youngest son, the Rev. Randy Wilding.
Before declining health, Bill celebrated his 65 wedding anniversary in 2012 and his 90th birthday this past March with family and friends who came from all over the United States to the Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park to celebrate his long, full life.
Bill Wilding was a committed, active church member throughout his life and served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. After moving to Suwannee County, Florida, he joined Community Presbyterian Church, Live Oak, Fla., where his son, Randy Wilding, serves as pastor.
Funeral services will be: Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, Live Oak.
Interment will be: at Bixler Memorial Gardens East, Dowling Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family will designate memorial gifts given to Community Presbyterian Church or to a favorite charity.