December 20, 1960 - May 5, 2020
Richard Allen Wilder, 59, of Yardville, New Jersey passed away suddenly into God's loving and eternal care on May 5, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey.
He was born in San Bernardino, California on December 20, 1960. During his younger years, he lived in several states, as his father was in the Air Force and his family moved often. Eventually, they settled in Willingboro, New Jersey in 1969, and he lived there for many years.
He served in the Navy on the USS Midway and was involved in the Persian Gulf Conflict. He was a proud Veteran and American. He also worked at Princeton University for 36 years starting out in the Food Services Department and then in the Building Services/Facilities Department as a Mover and finally as a Senior Storage Facilitator. He proudly served for 30 years as a union officer of SEIU Local 175 as Vice President and Treasurer.
He loved being a dad and supporting his children in their activities growing up including being a Cub Scout leader of Pack 87 in Hamilton, New Jersey and helping out with Hamilton Pop Warner football.
He was an avid sports fan and lived for the Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers. He enjoyed music especially Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Buffet among others. He also loved going camping and vacationing with his family and friends.
Richard is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Challise Wilder and his brother Christopher Wilder. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Karen Wilder, and his sons, Charles Wilder II and Kyle Wilder (Nicole) as well as his siblings, Craig Wilder, Margaret Whelan (Joseph), Delores Konopka (David) and his nieces and nephews Sarah Alton (Edward), David Davis (Heather), Jennifer Cohen (David), Tristan Smith and Liam Smith as well as great nephews Caleb Alton and Samuel Cohen. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law Joyce Offery, sister-in-law Wendy Offery (Glenn Smith), Aunt Pam Wargo and cousin Amanda Bliss (Gary & Lilybeth) as well as his very special "Indiana" cousins.
He was a people person and loved and enjoyed many good times with his Yardville neighbors and friends and his coworkers at Princeton University that were like family to him. He truly loved and cared for everyone he came in contact with and always had a smile and a laugh to share. He will be greatly missed. We ask that his spirit surround us for eternity.
Relative and friends may attend a visitation on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville-Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Road in Yardville. A brief prayer service will be held 10:30 a.m. with local clergy officiating. Burial will follow in Brigidiar General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
Donations are appreciated and may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org or merchandise may be purchased at https:tilvalhallaproject.com where a portion of the proceeds benefit the reduction of veteran suicide.
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