NORTH BLOOMFIELD – Elbert “Ben” Wildman, 88, died at the home he had lived in for nearly 80 years on November 22, 2021 after a long illness. He was born December 4, 1932 at home in East Farmington, the youngest son of Charles Delmer Wildman and Rhoda Burge Wildman. After graduating from Bloomfield High School in 1950, he continued to work at Brownwood Farm, where he had been employed for several years, until taking a job at Packard Electric in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 and was stationed in Korea for most of his service. Upon discharge, he returned to Packard, retiring as a die setter in 1982. He then turned to farming full-time. He enjoyed making hay; seeing, reading about, and working on antique farm equipment; volunteering with the North Bloomfield Historical Society; going up to the Lake; and hosting the Wildman Family Picnic. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Barclay, whom he married June 8, 1975 and his daughter Kathleen Wildman. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Gladys (Kenneth) Hyde, Josephine (Francis) Wildman, and Dorothy (Ralph) Angstrom; and two brothers: Delmer (Laura) and Kay (Joan). Friends may call at Paine Funeral Home, Inc., 140 E. Main Street, Orwell, OH 44076 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home and officiated by Rev. Mike Lavelle at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2021. Burial will follow at Brownwood Cemetery, N. Bloomfield, Township. The family requests that attendees wear masks. Condolences may be made at painefuneral.com
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