William M. Wilder, 85, carpenter, war veteran

January 27, 2004

William M. Wilder, a retired carpenter and World War II veteran, died of respiratory failure Friday at North Arundel Hospital. The Glen Burnie resident was 85.

A city native raised in South Baltimore and the Pasadena area, he attended Anne Arundel County public schools. He served in the Army as a tank gunner in Italy, France, Germany and Austria. Wounded in action, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

After the war, he was a carpenter at Home Enterprises on Eastern Avenue, the former Glenn L. Martin Co. and Henry A. Knott Co. He did homebuilding and restoration.

Mr. Wilder also made grandfather clocks and built model ships, and enjoyed crabbing.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Annette Wagner; three daughters, Pat Burkhouse and Jeanne Osborne, both of Columbia, and Bette Wilder of Parkville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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