Sgt Avery Edward Wilber


Sgt Avery Edward Wilber

Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 5 Feb 1999 (aged 86)
Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Navarino, Shawano County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot (715) 758-8392
Memorial ID 66303496 View Source


Survivor Arisan Maru

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Avery E. Wilber, passed away at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, Wisconsin. He was predeceased by parents Edward and Mildred (Scott) Wilber; and sisters Erma Bodoh and Eldine Spencer.

Avery was survived by his wife Marjorie; two sons: Dale Wilber and Douglas Wilber; two daughters: Ruthann (Alan) Meiers, Neenah and Debora Wilber, Appleton; three granddaughters: Laura, Sarah and Alexandria Wilber; brother Basil (Florence) Wilber, Shawano; many nieces and nephews.

Avery was a native of Maine, Outagamie County. As a young boy he moved to the town of Matteson, Waupaca County, where he attended school.

Avery served in the Coast Artillery Corps in the Philippine Islands during World War II. In May 1942, he became a POW and survived the Bataan Death March. In October 1944, he was being transported to Japan to be used as slave labor on the "Hell Ship" Arisan Maru. The Arisan Maru was not marked as a POW Carrier and sunk by an American torpedo. He and four other men made their way to China in a lifeboat and from there, home.

On March 3, 1945, Avery was united in marriage to Marjorie Wilkinson in Leeman, Wisconsin. They made their home in Navarino. Avery was employed by the FWD Corporation in Clintonville for over 20 years, then by Condec Corp. in Charlotte, North Carolina, until ill health forced his retirement.

He was a longtime member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Navarino, where he served on the church council and for several years as treasurer. He was also a member of the Bonduel VFW, the American legion and Northeast Wisconsin Ex-POW organization. Avery enjoyed hunting and fishing and in later years woodworking.

(Extracted from The Quan, July 2000, Volume 55, #1)

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