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Marvin L Wilder
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1920
Madison County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 6, 2013
Butte County
California, USA

Marvin L. Wilder born June 19, 1920 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Lloyd S. and Grace Wilder, passed away July 6, 2013 in Chico California.

He departed Nebraska in November 1938 on his Harley motorcycle. Due to the highways being iced over, he rode with ice skates on his feet towards California.

He had lost one eye in a welding accident and could not join the military. He drove trucks during the war on California's Coast Highway 1, with night lights (small lights with small openings) so the Japanese submarines could not see them. Marvin lost his brakes once on the Grapevine grade Hwy 5 and lived to talk about it.

He married Ida Mae Long on June 10, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. They moved to Idaho in 1946, where they raised their family in the Boise, Lowman and Pocatello areas.

The couple moved to Gallup, New Mexico where Marvin owned his own shop repairing cars and diesel trucks at which he was a wizard. If he did not have the correct tool or part he would "Marvin it" so the client could go on. That skill still lives on in his Grandsons Nevill Wilder and Jimmy Burke and is still known as "Marvined it".

In the early 70's they returned to Idaho where he worked as a mechanic. He and Ida Mae took care of his beloved stepmother Alice until she passed in 1996. They moved to Chico in 2007 to be close to and be supported by their family.

Marvin loved being outdoors and spent many days of his life fishing and hunting. He and Ida Mae loved to dance and often the crowd would clear the floor to watch them dance to Cotton Eyed Joe.

Ida Mae preceded Marvin her husband of 64 years in death on January 10, 2009.

Marvin is survived by his daughter and husband Sherry and Marc Wilson of Chico; son and wife J.W. and Irena of Salida Colorado; grandson Jim Burke of Chico; granddaughter and husband Kathy and Eric Leppanen of Paradise, CA; granddaughter and husband Heather and Mike Steiler of Coarsegold, CA; grandson Nevill Wilder of Snowmass, CO; and many great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 11, 2013

[Marvin lived with his grandparents, Edward R and Emma B Jones, for most of his childhood. His biological mother, Grace (Jones) Wilder (b.~1889), last appears in the 1925 Nebraska state census.]
Family links: 
  Lloyd S Wilder (1897 - 1981)
  Ida Mae Long Wilder (1927 - 2009)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
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Record added: Jul 11, 2013
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Marvin L Wilder
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Marvin L Wilder
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May you rest in peace.
- Barb
 Added: Jul. 15, 2013

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