1SG (R ) John Albert Wild, aged 73, entered the big campground in the sky on May 22, 2020.
John is survived by his children Jodie Wild (Carl) and Danny Wild (Gari). He is survived by three brothers Robert Wild (Jean), Richard Wild (Dorothy), Larry Wild, one sister, Linda M. Wild, and five grandchildren, Sean Kodama, Seth Wild, Connor Wild (Morgan), Lauren Kodama, and Aidan Wild.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dorothy Wild, his wife, Linda R. Wild, and son, August Wild (Heidi). John leaves behind life-long friends, Joe and Lillian Garrett, and an extensive extended family composed of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends throughout Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and Germany.
John was born on October 20, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On December 20, 1969, John married his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, Linda Raye Allison.
John entered the United States Army in 1967 and served his country with dignity and honor for 25 years as an Engineer. He completed a combat tour in Vietnam, a tour in Korea, and was stationed at multiple installations across the world. After retiring from the military in 1993, John and his family settled in Brandenburg, KY, where he started a new career with Dana (Metalsa). John loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and especially his wife, who he lovingly referred to as his “Lindy Loo”.
John was a farmer at heart, having grown up in Marion, Iowa’s heart of farm country. The blood that coursed through John’s veins was John Deere green. He loved tinkering with his John Deere equipment and collecting John Deere tractor toys. After his second retirement, John became an avid camper and enjoyed spending his golden years at various KOA camping locations across the South.
John was deeply involved with his second home, the Brandenburg VFW Post 11404, where he held the position of Post Commander and was known as “Sarge”. He dedicated nearly all of his time to the VFW, and its activities and events. He leaves behind many special friends of the Brandenburg VFW.
Everyone who knew John knows he had a huge heart and always helped every person and animal in need. John was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back; he was a hard worker, never complained, was a rock to his family, and was a phenomenal son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and Soldier. He will be dearly missed by all who love him so.
Interment will be held at the Central Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff on June 12, and is restricted to a select group of immediate family members due to COVID-19. The interment will be streamed live on Facebook so that all of John’s loved ones can view the ceremony. A celebration of life will be announced at a future date once the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. In place of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the following organizations in honor of John:
Brandenburg VFW (VFW 11404,
770 Bypass Rd. Brandenburg, KY 40108)
The American Cancer Society
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation