Joseph Franklin Wildhaber
January 7, 1933 – March 27, 2018
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
“Frank” Wildhaber was the son of Joseph Arnold Wildhaber and Ethel Goard Wildhaber. He was a loving husband, father, son, and brother, and shining example of a child and servant of God. He had his priorities in perfect order: God, family, friends and neighbors. For the church, he served as a deacon, director of Sunday school, Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, and living testimony to the glory and goodness of God. He married Anita Reynolds Wildhaber on June 20th, 1964, and had two children, Trina Wildhaber Boitnott, and Katherine Wildhaber Bowman. He served as a voluntary member of the Navy, standing up to fight for his country in the Korean War, and serving 6 more years in the Naval reserves. A hard-working man of integrity, he faithfully worked 40+ years as a Civil Engineer for the VDOT and the state, including a request to serve 10 years as paralegal for Patricia Quillin Esq. In retirement, he enjoyed daily walks with his “Moses stick”, a large walking stick he handcrafted, and his weekly job as a greeter and bagger at Kroger, where he was universally loved by customers and coworkers alike.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters Trina (Dale), Katherine (Benjamin), and the joys of his life, 5 grandchildren: Joshua Dale Boitnott, Aaron Thomas Bowman, Brittany Maria Boitnott, Ethan Andrew Bowman, and Anna Maria Bowman, all residing in Franklin County, Virginia and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, consider donations sent to: Fellowship Community Church, 1226 Red Lane Extension, Salem, VA 24153.
There will be a private family graveside service with Rev. Ken Nienke officiating, arranged by Lotz.