George ‘Doug’ Wilder

NEGAUNEE, Mich. – George “Doug” Wilder, age 75 of 140 Iroquois Dr., Negaunee, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013 at his home while under the loving care of his family after a very courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Doug was born February 7, 1938 in Marquette to George M. & Pauline (Smith) Wilder. He graduated from Bishop Baraga High School, class of 1956. Doug and his first wife Carol owned and operated Kemps Party Store and the Imperial Bar which later became Wilder’s Bar. Doug had also worked at Simons Wholesalers and more recently at Jubilee Foods until 2011.

Doug was a very loving, supportive man who never turned down family and friends if they needed a helping hand. It could be remodeling their home or showing his love by giving a special family member a place to live. He also enjoyed playing games with his grandchildren as much as they enjoyed being with “PaPa”. Doug had many hobbies some of which included camping, fishing, playing cribbage, yard work, and watching sports. Fast pitch softball was his favorite sport, and he was an excellent pitcher for many local teams. He competed with the Marquette “Old-timers” League up until July of 2011. In the summer of 2012 Doug received a “Mr. Softball” trophy for 45 years of having played and promoted the game of softball.

Doug is survived by his wife Kathleen, whom he married on April 15, 2000, 4 children: Keith Wilder, Jay (Ann) Wilder, Dale Wilder all of Ishpeming and Tracy (Brad) Quayle of Champion, step children Kevin Asgaard of Grand Rapids, Gregory Asgaard of Norfolk, VA and Heather (Brian) Hart of Wisconsin Rapids, 2 sisters: Anita “Tootie” Vartti of Skandia and Judy Musselwhite of Palmer, 3 brothers: Donald Wilder of North Carolina, Allen Wilder of Virginia and Richard (Holli) Wilder of Marquette, 9 grandchildren; Sara (Paul) Sorbo, Abbie (Robert) Salisbury, Shawn (Stephanie) Wilder, Leanne Wilder, Laura Wilder, Jamie Wilder, Jacob Quayle, Jesse Quayle and Emily Quayle, 1 step grandson Logan Hart, 3 great grandchildren: Curtis and Marie Salisbury and Aaida Wilder, mother in law Evelyn Hilgren of Ishpeming, sisters-in-law Colleen Bertucci and Christine (Carl) Wolter, brothers-in-law Paul (Barb) Kemp and John Rajala, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pauline, his first wife, Carol and a sister Arlene Bahrman.

Doug’s family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Rev. Lauri O. Maki.

Doug’s obituary can be viewed at where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.