1944 - 2012
Phillip Ray Wilder, age 68, passed away on Sept. 24, 2012, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. Phillip was born on Aug. 27, 1944, in Joplin, Mo., to Freda Maxine Wilder and Philip Fay Wilder. He lived in Benton City, Wash., for 20 years; he was in Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities for 30 years. Phillip retired in 2006 from the WSU Extension in Richland as an accountant; he learned his accounting skills while in the Air Force.
His passions were working with rocks and making jewelry with his only son, James Wilder; he was a member of the Tri-City Rock Hounds. He also enjoyed fishing for salmon and steelhead. One of his proudest family moments was when he shot the largest buck in the area with his mussel loader. Phillip was a loving father, understanding friend and all-around good man; he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his son, James Wilder; and parents, Freda Wilder and Philip F. Wilder. Surviving Phillip are his daughters, Shelly Payne of Yakima, Terri Hill of Camino Island, Ashley Wilder of Benton City; siblings Bob Wilder of Prescott, Dixie Bee, Patricia Wilder and Debbie Miller of Walla Walla; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be held at the Prescott Community Church, in Prescott at 202 E. 2nd St. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at 1 p.m.