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“Sad for the family at Bruces passing. Met him and your mother Jackie at Montesa.Both were helpful and sharing people . May they both RIP and are in...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Brendan / Wendy HARTY - REDCLIFF, AZ

“We are happy to have had the opportunity to know Bruce a d send my love to his family We will miss him always. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Marian & Jerry McFarden - AZ

“We are happy to have had the opportunity to know Bruce a d send my love to his family We will miss him always. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Marian & Jerry McFarden - AZ

“So sorry for your loss. I spent a lot of time with Bruce doing wood carving at Montesa. He and Jackie were good caring people. Learned to play...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Jerry Kroon - Mankato, MN

“Rod, Kevin and Cheryl-I am heartsick for yours and my loss. Your Dad was the finest person I have ever known. Being able to be a part of your family...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Kehm Anderson - Colorado Springs, CO

“I remember Bruce being a wonderful and dedicated 4-H Leader for Webster County. I grew up in Dayton, Iowa and was in 4-H for many years. He always...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Kathryn Murphy Vawter - Boise, ID

“I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Jackie was my high school volleyball coach and I played on a coed team with Bruce for a time. I will always have...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Heidi Savoy (Hansen) - Olathe, KS

“Bruce was the leader for 4-H for Webster County when I was in 4-H. Bruce believed in me when I couldn't even believe in myself. I was just a farm...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Christine O'Hern - Van Meter, IA

“We met Jackie and Bruce through JO Volleyball. They both were such loving, dedicated and special people. We really cherish the time we got to spend...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Ron & Diane Parachino - Sarver, PA

“To Rod, Kevin, and CherylI hope this memory reaches you. Bruce and Jackie came to Fort Dodge in 1959, I was 12 and had lost my Father 2 years...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Holmquist - TX - Friend

“Cheryl,I'm so sorry about the passing of your dad. He was a wonderful guy and a real inspiration to a budding carver. I always enjoyed listening...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: William Schu - GOLD CANYON, AZ

“I was in an Indian dancing group taught by Bruce and Jackie whenI was in Junior high and high school. We travelled all over and even slept in...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Aikens - Acquaintance

“I remember Bruce and Jackie best through their participation with the Native dance group. Many great memories. They were a unique and multi-talented...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Dave Woodman - Prairie Village, KS

“I remember your parents fondly.They were Avery important part of my youth. My parents, Gerry & Muriel enjoyed many happy times with them in Ft....Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Tiffany - IA

“Very well done obit. I enjoyed reading about their retirement. They certainly were not the type of couple to sit in one spot. I remember your Pop...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: John Hager - Fort Dodge, IA

“I remember Bruce well from the early years at the YMCA across from the Library (the original building) in the late 50's/early 60's...and later in...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Bruce Morrison - Hartley, IA

“So sorry for this loss. Dave always spoke of him, and Jackie, with such fondness. He meant a lot to Dave and to many othersHope Dave has a place...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Marty Durian - Timonium, MD

“Rest in Peace my dear friend ❣ ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Donna Matthias-Gorman Matthias-Gorman - FL

“where to start~~~Thanks GOD, for sharing this man with us.Thanks Jackie for doing the sameThanks Bruce for it allGod Bless, till we meet next...You...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: John Clements - Shawnee Mission, KS

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Bruce Berton Wilde, 90, was born on July 5, 1931, and passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 12:56 am. He was at home with his daughter and son-in-law in Princeton, Idaho. Our Dad, Bruce was born in Wallace, Indiana, to Arthur James and Aurelia C. Wilde. The youngest of five (3 brothers and 1 sister). They lived and worked on a farm outside of Crawfordsville, Indiana. When the war broke out, the elder 3 boys enlisted and that left 10-year-old Bruce as the only boy at home to help with the dairy cattle, so they had to move off the farm. Living in town allowed him to participate in school athletics, eventually lettering in basketball and track while attending Greencastle High School. After graduating from Indiana State University, he married his high school sweetheart and soulmate, Jacqueline (Jackie) Thurow. Together they moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1959 where Bruce become the Youth Director at the YMCA and later became the City Recreation Director. Bruce then went to work for the Iowa State University Extension Service as the County Extension 4-H and Youth Director,
a position he held for over 25 years until his retirement in 1994. Bruce also served for 24 years in the U.S. Army in active duty and the National Guard. He was busy as a volleyball referee officiating high school, Big 8 and Big 10, and even at the international level during the 1984 Olympics. After retirement, Bruce and Jackie traveled the US in their RV (full-time) for 14 years and later settled in a retirement community in Gold Canyon, AZ. They were influential in establishing the wood carving group, water volleyball, pickleball, and several other on-going community activities.

Bruce and Jackie had four main interests that formulated their personal and professional lives: volleyball, Indian lore, 4-H, and education. They were together in most things, known to people as Bruce & Jackie, or Jackie & Bruce; depending on how a person knew them. Seldom was the Wilde family just the five of them, there was always an extra kid or two in tow. Bruce was a father figure to many and maintained those friendships throughout his life. His compassion for people, sincere desire and interest in others, and love of life were a few of the outstanding qualities that made him such a pillar in their communities and loved by so many.

Bruce was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jackie, parents Arthur James and Aurelia Wilde, brothers James, Charles (Bob), William (Bill), sister Violetta (Inez). He is survived by his children Rod (Kris) Wilde of Madison, WI; Kevin (Debbie) Wilde of Des Moines, IA; and Cheryl (John) Anderson of Princeton, ID, as well as five grandchildren, James Wilde (Rod), Ashley (Wilde) Pfleger and Christopher Wilde (Kevin), Jessica (Anderson) Lainhart and Natalie (Anderson) Evans (Cheryl) and eight great-grandchildren.

We will miss you dearly and are so grateful to have such a wonderful role model. We will remember your achievements, we will remember your service, we will remember your stories, and we will remember your hugs. Until we all meet again.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at a later date.