Gerald Dean Wildman was born on the family farm on January 18, 1928, in Burtrum, MN, the son of Hobart and Emily (Berg) Wildman. Gerald attended country school and school in Burtrum. He helped his father on the farm near Burtrum. At a dance, Gerald met the love of his life, Lois “Dolly” Johnson. They were united in marriage on March 31, 1949 in Swanville, MN. Two sons were born to this union, David and Randy. In 1958, Gerald and his family moved to the Glenwood area, where he continued to farm and breed registered quarter horses. Gerald and Dolly were members of the American Quarter Horse Association for over 50 years. They made lots of friends in the horse world across the U.S. Gerald and Dolly were honored with an award from the AQHA, Amarillo Texas for 50 years breeding Registered Quarter Horses.
Gerald loved farming, horses, and hunting. Hunting was especially a memorable time with his family. Memories of Gerald hiking in the mountains of Colorado, sleeping in a tent with his brother Dale, cousin Jake, his two sons David and Randy, and his grandsons Jason, Ryan and Jared to hunt elk until he was 80 years old, will be cherished moments. Gerald also was able to hunt deer until he was 90 years old. He enjoyed having the entire family to his home for breakfast and lunch during deer hunting. In his younger years, Gerald enjoyed ice fishing. After his chores, he would join Dolly and his boys in the icehouse to fish. Gerald also loved flying his airplanes. He was also a pilot for Civil Air Patrol for a number of years. Gerald worked hard and enjoyed his life and family. He will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him.
Gerald D. Wildman, died on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, MN at the age of 93 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 72 years, Dolly Wildman of Glenwood; sons, David (Leila) Wildman of Lowry and Randy (Mary) Wildman of Glenwood; grandchildren, Tara (Andy) Berger, Tanya Bryan and fiancé Jason Root, Jared (Kacie) Wildman, Jason (Kristi) Wildman, and Ryan (Chelsey) Wildman; great grandchildren, Ella, Nikolas, Gavin, Jaxon, Declan, Danika, Miles, Avery, Alannah, Caden, and Bella; sister Marlys Frank; and brother Dale (Sharon) Wildman, step siblings Jim Skinner and Margaret Fletcher, half siblings Wayne Skinner and Cheryl Lambrecht
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hobart and Emily Wildman, his sister Shirley Nielsen, brother in laws Jim Nielsen and Tony Frank
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11 AM at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria.
This service will be live streamed on Gerald's obituary page on the Anderson Funeral Home website.
A visitation will take place on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 4-7 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home and also for one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Interment will be in the Kinkead Cemetery.