Ron Wilder of Dwight was one of those guys who couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew. But that’s what happens when you spend more than 70 years as an insurance and real estate agent in town.
Ron graduated from Dwight Township High School alongside his identical twin Donald, who lives in Arizona. He served in WWII as a radio operator and gunner. He not only flew more missions than were required — 51 around Romania, Germany, Southern France and the Mediterranean — but he survived a near plane crash and saved his crew from disaster.
When Ron first returned from the war he worked at Eymann’s Firestone Store in Dwight as a tire salesman, then was a salesman at Harrie Fairchild’s clothing store after that, which may have sparked his penchant as a sharp dresser. Rarely was he seen without a shirt and tie.