Allen S. Wilder Jr.

April 25, 2024

U.S. Veteran

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Col. Allen S. Wilder Jr.

BROOKFIELD, VT – Col. Allen S. Wilder Jr., of Brookfield, VT, died of cancer, caused by agent orange, on April 25, 2024. He happily celebrated his 90th birthday on April 21, with many family and friends who loved him dearly. Born in Rutland, VT April 21, 1934, son of Allen and Helen Allbee Wilder, Al began a very mobile life as he moved around the country during the WWII era, as his dad was in the military. He attended 18 different schools before graduating from high school in 1952, in San Antonio, TX. Al graduated from Norwich University in 1956. He was called into the Army and sent to S. Korea for 16 months, where he served in the 1st Battalion Troop A. Upon his return he got a regular Army commission and that began his twenty-one-year career in the Army. He was one of very few officers to serve in all active-duty Armored Calvary Regiments (ACR).  Al was especially proud of his service in the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 14th ACR. He was the Executive Officer of Regimental S5 in Vietnam, 1966-1967. He also was on the Second Army Rifle Team.

In December 1956, he married Jacalin Withrow of Concord, NH. They had three children: Jonathon, Christopher, and Allison. Al and his family were stationed in Germany, Japan, and many places in the US, which ended in VT.  In 1977 he retired from the Army where his last assignment was Active Army Advisor to the 86th Brigade of the VT National Guard.

After he retired from the Army, he worked in development at Norwich University and coached the Norwich Rifle team. He also worked for the VT Emergency Management office and with his family ran and owned the Fork Shop Restaurant in Brookfield, VT. He was the Director of the Central VT Chamber of Commerce as well as the Director of the Norwich Blueline Club (booster club for hockey). In 1980 he started the Brookfield Ice Harvest event which ran for over 40 years. This event won, the “Top 10” Winter Events Award, many times, in the state of Vermont. He also taught school groups how to harvest ice at programs given by the Lotus Lake Discovery Center, where he served as a board member and volunteer managing editor.

In 1993, he built his dream house on Sunset Lake in Brookfield where he has lived ever since. Al and Jacalin loved to travel and were very community minded and active in the Brookfield Historical Society. In 2017, his wife Jacalin, of 61 years, died suddenly of a heart attack while vacationing in the Bahamas.  He later remarried a close family friend, Becky Watson of Lotus Lake in Williamstown, VT. In the summer he could be found at Lotus Lake Camp directing traffic and helping where he could.

He leaves behind his wife Becky Watson; son Jonathon Wilder and wife Donna; his daughter Allison Wilder and wife Julie, and son Christopher Wilder; along with five grandchildren Erica, Sean, Adam, Aubrey and Christopher Wilder; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was also very devoted to Becky’s family and they loved him dearly.

The service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 7th at the Norwich University Chapel in Northfield with Private interment at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.  Online condolences may be left at  Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.

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