Harry L. Wild
MORRIS — Born March 9, 1924, to Zillah (Haynes) and Lewis Wild in Morris, Harry Lewis Wild died from cancer at his Morris home Monday morning, July 1, 2013.
Harry was a graduate of Gilbertsville Central School. For a great many years he operated a dairy farm outside the hamlet of Maple Grove. He loved this land and spent as much time as possible there even after moving into nearby Morris. As branch manager for Strout Realty, he brought many families into the Butternut Valley and surrounding communities.
Fifty-seven years ago, Harry married Marjorie Lamb Benjamin Wild, a widow with a young son, Wayne D. Benjamin. Marjorie, Wayne and Wayne’s wife, Beth Armstrong Benjamin all survive.
Additional survivors include his daughter, Zillah Frampton, who resides in the state of Delaware with her husband, James. Grandson, Jeffrey, his wife, Denise and their son, Cameron, as well as granddaughter, Alissa Wyatt, her husband, David, and their daughter, Danielle also live in Delaware.
Sister Leona and her husband, Arthur Shelley, survive in Florida, and three sisters-in-law, Ethel Goodspeed, Audree Lamb and Sheila Twaits, all reside in Morris. Sheila was Harry’s primary caregiver in the final weeks of his illness.
Three brothers-in-law, Douglas and Donald Lamb and Roland Goodspeed predeceased Harry. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and their children also survive.
Harry was known for his good nature and appreciation of others. He was always ready to fix a broken garden tiller, mow the fair grounds in preparation for the county fair, or gather family or friends and put together a meal.
Harry served the community quite remarkably. He devoted innumerable years as Otsego County Fair president and member of the fair’s board of directors. Pomona Grange was a long-time interest and he and Marjorie participated actively in Grange endeavors. As an assessor for the town of Morris and chair of the grievance board, Harry assisted in settlement of property taxation matters. His ultimate commitment was as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, making oxygen during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign.
Growing older, he sold his beloved land in Maple Grove to “the boys,” who he knew would continue to love the land as he did. In company with the new owners, Harry was able to enjoy fishing, hunting and maple syrup making at “the cabin” throughout his later years.
Harry took his marriage vows most seriously and he and Marjorie spent nearly six decades devoted to one another. He cherished her above all else.
Additionally, Harry considered himself a lucky man to have the companionship and good will of so many family members and friends. In his final days he valued the opportunity to reminisce with and say goodbye to the people he loved. Harry approached death demonstrating considerable strength and stamina.
His customary concern for family and friends extended through his final week; his graceful and dignified departure was both beautiful and inspiring.
Harry was appreciative of the services of Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care and the other caregivers who eased his final days.
A memorial service honoring Harry’s life is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13,at Johnston Funeral Home, Morris, with burial to follow in Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
The family requests that memorial donations be submitted to the Otsego County Fair, Pomona Grange or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.