Funeral services for Cleo Wild, 99, of Royal, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. Rev. Mark Wilms will officiate the service.
Visitation was Wednesday with the family present 5-7 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Burial will be conducted at Willow Creek Cemetery in Royal.
Cleo was born Jan. 5, 1919, the only child of Nels and Christine Petersen Hjelm. They lived on a farm south of Royal. Cleo attended Willow Creek country school for the first eight years of her schooling. She then attended high school in Royal, graduating in 1936. Cleo and her close friends, Elsie Mae Paulsen Jones and Mildred Toft Swanson attended school together for all 12 years, and remained lifelong friends.
Cleo went to beauty school in Omaha, graduating in 1938. She had her own shop in Washta, Iowa, and also worked at a shop in Spencer for five years. Cleo married Wayne Wild on July 3, 1943, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. They started farming south of Royal right away. They became the parents of two daughters, Candy and Shelley. The family moved to Royal in 1966 and lived with Cleo’s father after her mother passed away. They continued to commute to the farm until 1989, when they retired. Wayne preceded her in death in September 2002.
Cleo was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church her entire life, participating in Altar Guild, teaching Sunday School, Circles, Bible studies, quilting and many other activities. She was a strong woman of God, an example to all her family.
During her later years, Cleo enjoyed tending her flowers, gardening and crafts. She enjoyed traveling with her family and saw many new places including National Parks, Disney World, Statue of Liberty, Alaska and several trips to Branson, Missouri. She also liked going to casinos and feasting on crab leg specials.
Cleo passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Wayne.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Candy (Bob) Ehmen of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Shelley (Bruce) Berberich of Royal, Iowa; two grandsons: Josh (Jennifer) Ehmen of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jared (Lindsey) Ehmen of Cedar Falls, Iowa; three great-grandsons: Mason, Tanner and Caleb Ehmen of Honolulu, Hawaii; other relatives, friends and of course her many “precious” cats.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.