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Celebrating the life of

Joseph (Joe) James Wilderman

Passed away on December 03, 2019

Joseph (Joe) James Wilderman

Joseph (Joe) James Wilderman, 60, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Joe was retired from the City of Savannah, Maintenance Department, in which he dedicated well over 32 years of service to the City.  Joe also served in the United States Army and was stationed at Hunter Army Air Field and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sargent from the 110th Quarter Master in 1981.

Joe was a native of Southern Illinois, a town called New Athens, in which he was born to Kelly and Marie Wilderman on October 20, 1959. Joe came from a large Catholic family. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Tom, Bob, Jimmy and Judith (Judy or Hoot). He also was preceded in death by a long-term companion, Cheryl Wilderman, years ago. He leaves behind the light of his life, his most prized possession, his son, Jared Alan Wilderman. He had many siblings that he also leaves behind, Bill Wilderman, Peggy Emery, Trudy Howard, Debby Politsch, Tim Wilderman, and a host of nieces, nephews, along with great nieces, nephews, too numerous to name.

Joe was a dedicated hard-working man. He was an advocate and supporter of his local and Illinois Fire Department teams along with an avid interest in the local support of the “Blue Line” Law enforcement officers, both in Georgia and in Illinois. Joe came from a long line of hard-working men, to include those who worked for Peabody Coal, both hauling coal and mining in the foothills of Illinois. Joe’s father was a long-haul truck driver and many of the men in his family followed suit and pursued careers in over the road truck driving lifestyles.

Joe was a sports nut. Of course, he was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan, in which he often bragged about almost every World Series in the past few years, The St. Louis Blues hockey team and also, he may have been seen occasionally wearing a Georgia Bull Dog Jersey. In his later years, Joe involved himself in finding unique items of interest and giving to others. He had a heart of gold, was descended from the Dutch heritage with a twist of Irish spunk.

Joe will be missed by all, leaving behind a legacy of good will and faith to others, as well as many people who lives he has touched. Due to the incredible amount of family, this writer asks kindly for forgiveness if anyone was omitted from this remembrance. The family wishes to celebrate Joe’s life and accomplishments, as well as his “family first” tradition.

Please join the family in a celebration of life and new beginnings while we cherish our precious memories of our beloved “Uncle Joe”. The Memorial Service and Visitation will be at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA, 31406, from 2-4 on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Flowers are appreciated, but please remember to support your local Fire Departments and Law Enforcement Officers in Joe Wilderman’s memory.

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Our condolences to the Wilderman family on Joe's passing. God grant you peace. Sincerely, Lynne and Lori Schneider

- Lori & Lynne Schneider, Waterloo, IL


Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing, I grew up with the Wildermman family had a great visit them recently and enjoyed our short time together. We wish your family well. God Bless. Bruce

- Bruce & Nancy Nuernberger, New Athens, IL


Please except my deepest sympathy. I lost my baby brother at 65. It is not right the baby of the family goes before the rest of us. PEGGY is a dear friend of mine and i know how bad it hurts her that she cannot be there at this time.GOD bless. Jan Thrasher

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Condolences to Jared and family for your loss.

- Deborah Wallace, Statesboro, GA


Debbie and Peggy, so sorry to see that your brother Joe has passed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Joan Bartnett

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Sending my condolences to the family. I’m sadden to hear about Joe passing. We went to school together. He will be missed. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

- Sheila Badgett, New Athens , IL


I sure wish I could be there with all of you during this very sad time. Jared I just want to wrap my arms around you all and still be the “Wilderman Family” that always was there for each other. We had such good fun times so we will always have those precious memories. I’l be there in spirit . Love and prayers to all of you.

- Peggy Wilderman, Kessler,Emery, Freeburg, Il


My deepest sympathy and love to the whole family! I'm so happy we all grew up in our little community, especially our neighborhood, us kids shared a lot of great memories I thank God for where I was planted. Joe was a good one, I have really good memories of him and Kevin and i and now they are both gone. I'm sure I'll see them again, until then...Love you.

- Leslie Pitchford Hargrove, New Athens, I'll


My condolences to you and your family

- William Levy, Aurora, Colorado


Sending our deepest sympathy, Jared. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for strength and courage. Love you....

- Jim & Judy Newman, New Athens, IL


I am so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Class of 1977

- Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller, Eureka , CA


My condolences to the whole Wilderman family. I’m so sorry to hear of Joes passing. He was a great friend in our earlier years. Rest In Peace my friend. Elaine Davis - New Athens IL

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My condolences to the family. I went to HighSchool with Joe and we had a lot of fun times. Still hard to believe that he's gone. Prayers for the family.

- Jane Greenlee Lessard, Sullivan , Mo.


We are so sorry for your loss and you are all in our prayers for comfort and peace.

- Randy and Athena Biggs, Hardeeville , SC


So very sorry. The Wilderman family is a treasure, losing any one of them hurts! Sympathies to Joe’s family.

- Sue Ann Werner, New Athens, Il


I’ve known the Wilderman family all my life. Joe was a good friend and a classmate of mine. May his family have peace and comfort knowing Joe is now walking The Lord. R.I.P. Joe. Until we meet again. . .

- Mark Stehl, Freeburg, IL


Dear Jared and Rachel we are so sorry for your loss, we are praying for peace and strength during this time.We love you!

- Michael little, Bremen georgia,


Prayers for the family. We work with Joe and Tim. Joe was hard working and sweet. We knew the whole family. So sorry for the lost of Joe. He was a great guy. The schanuel's

- Mike and Chery Schanuel, New Athens, Il


Rest peacefully in Jesus' arms Joe. Glad to have called you a friend. Our condolences to the Wilderman family.

- Ron & Kim Hampton, New Athens, IL


To the entire Wilderman family, please accept our heartfelt condolences on Joe's passing. Hugs to all of you.

- Ann Barron, Glen Carbon, IL


Our condolences to the Wilderman family on Joe's passing. God grant you peace. Sincerely, Lynne and Lori Schneider

- Lori & Lynne Schneider, Waterloo, IL


Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing, I grew up with the Wildermman family had a great visit them recently and enjoyed our short time together. We wish your family well. God Bless. Bruce

- Bruce & Nancy Nuernberger, New Athens, IL


Please except my deepest sympathy. I lost my baby brother at 65. It is not right the baby of the family goes before the rest of us. PEGGY is a dear friend of mine and i know how bad it hurts her that she cannot be there at this time.GOD bless. Jan Thrasher

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Condolences to Jared and family for your loss.

- Deborah Wallace, Statesboro, GA


Debbie and Peggy, so sorry to see that your brother Joe has passed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Joan Bartnett

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Sending my condolences to the family. I’m sadden to hear about Joe passing. We went to school together. He will be missed. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

- Sheila Badgett, New Athens , IL


I sure wish I could be there with all of you during this very sad time. Jared I just want to wrap my arms around you all and still be the “Wilderman Family” that always was there for each other. We had such good fun times so we will always have those precious memories. I’l be there in spirit . Love and prayers to all of you.

- Peggy Wilderman, Kessler,Emery, Freeburg, Il


A candle has been lit!

- Dallas Stermon , Alask


My deepest sympathy and love to the whole family! I'm so happy we all grew up in our little community, especially our neighborhood, us kids shared a lot of great memories I thank God for where I was planted. Joe was a good one, I have really good memories of him and Kevin and i and now they are both gone. I'm sure I'll see them again, until then...Love you.

- Leslie Pitchford Hargrove, New Athens, I'll


My condolences to you and your family

- William Levy, Aurora, Colorado


Sending our deepest sympathy, Jared. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for strength and courage. Love you....

- Jim & Judy Newman, New Athens, IL


I am so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Class of 1977

- Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller, Eureka , CA


My condolences to the whole Wilderman family. I’m so sorry to hear of Joes passing. He was a great friend in our earlier years. Rest In Peace my friend. Elaine Davis - New Athens IL

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My condolences to the family. I went to HighSchool with Joe and we had a lot of fun times. Still hard to believe that he's gone. Prayers for the family.

- Jane Greenlee Lessard, Sullivan , Mo.


We are so sorry for your loss and you are all in our prayers for comfort and peace.

- Randy and Athena Biggs, Hardeeville , SC


So very sorry. The Wilderman family is a treasure, losing any one of them hurts! Sympathies to Joe’s family.

- Sue Ann Werner, New Athens, Il


I’ve known the Wilderman family all my life. Joe was a good friend and a classmate of mine. May his family have peace and comfort knowing Joe is now walking The Lord. R.I.P. Joe. Until we meet again. . .

- Mark Stehl, Freeburg, IL


Dear Jared and Rachel we are so sorry for your loss, we are praying for peace and strength during this time.We love you!

- Michael little, Bremen georgia,


Prayers for the family. We work with Joe and Tim. Joe was hard working and sweet. We knew the whole family. So sorry for the lost of Joe. He was a great guy. The schanuel's

- Mike and Chery Schanuel, New Athens, Il


A candle has been lit!

- Mike nadler , Illinois


A candle has been lit!

- ooks grady , Georg


Rest peacefully in Jesus' arms Joe. Glad to have called you a friend. Our condolences to the Wilderman family.

- Ron & Kim Hampton, New Athens, IL


To the entire Wilderman family, please accept our heartfelt condolences on Joe's passing. Hugs to all of you.

- Ann Barron, Glen Carbon, IL


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200