Gillis Harding Wilder

Gillis Harding Wilder

February 22, 1925 - November 19, 2018

Gillis H. Wilder, 93, formerly of Livonia, MI, and currently of Corbin, KY, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018.  He was born February 22, 1925.

Gillis is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Alma (Bowes); their six children: Peter D. (Cynthia) Shaw, Fenton, MI; John J. (Dixie) Shaw, Redford, MI; Mary J. (Alfred) Moore, North Bay, Ont. Canada; Stephen G. (Nancy) Wilder, Schaumburg, IL; Andrew B. Wilder, Canton MI; and Jill M. (Mark) Winters, Parrish, FL; five grandchildren: Katherine J. (Andrew) Nicholson M.D., Sarah J. (Shawn) Cantin, Megan (Nicholas) Chornoboy, Erik A. Wilder, and Samantha J. Wilder; as well as three great grandchildren: Matthew and Caleb Nicholson and Felix Cantin.  He was the sixth of ten children born to Victoria and Andrew J. Wilder and is survived by his older sister, Gladys (Wilder) McKeehan; younger sister, Velma (Wilder) Lipps; and sister-in-law, Georgia Wilder, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Gillis was a Navy Veteran having served his country in WW II.  He later graduated from the University of Kentucky where he attended on the GI bill and studied electrical engineering.  He worked his career at Giffels Associates and was a registered professional electrical engineer in ten states.  He was an active member of the former Redford Baptist Church in Redford, MI, and currently a member of the Greenland Baptist Church in Corbin, KY, where he will be greatly missed. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, November 26, 2018, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Luke Day officiating.  Burial will follow in Ryan Cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 88.

The family will receive friends from 11 A.M. – 1 P.M. Monday at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.


  • Bill and Jean Clark
    Posted at 18:35h, 23 November Reply

    Our hearts are heavy with your loss of a Husband, Father and Grandfather. The family will remain in our prayers as you celebrate his wonderful life. We hope your faith and the memories of moments shared together will sustain you in the days and weeks ahead. Jean and Bill Clark

    Posted at 13:31h, 27 November Reply

    We’re very grateful for your kind words. We’re touched!

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