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Elbert Wildman 1932-2021

NORTH BLOOMFIELD — Elbert “Ben” Wildman, 88, died in his home of nearly 80 years, on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, after a long illness.

He was born Dec. 4, 1932, at home in East Farmington, the youngest son of Charles Delmer Wildman and Rhoda Burge Wildman.

After graduating from Bloomfield High School in 1950, he continued to work at Brownwood Farm, where he had been employed for several years, until taking a job at Packard Electric in 1951. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed in Korea for most of his service. Upon discharge, he returned to Packard, retiring as a die setter in 1982. He then turned to farming full time. He enjoyed making hay; seeing, reading about and working on antique farm equipment; volunteering with the North Bloomfield Historical Society; going to the lake; and hosting the Wildman family picnic.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Barclay, whom he married June 8, 1975; and his daughter, Kathleen Wildman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Gladys (Kenneth) Hyde, Josephine (Francis) Wildman and Dorothy (Ralph) Angstrom; and two brothers, Delmer (Laura) and Kay (Joan).

Friends may call between 6 and 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at Paine Funeral Home Inc., 140 E. Main St., Orwell, Ohio 44076.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at the funeral home, officiated by the Rev. Mike Lavelle. Burial will follow in Brownwood Cemetery, North Bloomfield.

The family requests that attendees wear masks. Condolences may be made at painefuneral.com.

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