Clyde Wilson, 94

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 5, 2006

Clyde V. Wilson, age 94, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at Oaklawn Health Care Center.

Clyde was born on Oct. 19, 1911, to Gordon and Martha (Wardien) Wilson in Mankato. He attended Union Elementary School and Lincoln School. He was employed at Faust Bakery. He then entered the Army Air Corps where he served as the Mess Sergeant for the corps of cadets in Arizona.

Upon completing his military duties he returned to Mankato where he became a Mankato Police Officer. He served 21 years with the department. He was awarded the Policeman of the Year award and the Golden Deeds award from AAA for Better and Safe Motoring in 1963. He was an officer, school patrolman, and parade and funeral escort officer. After retiring from the police department he worked another 10 years with Mankato Public Works Department until his final retirement in 1976. He also coached the Policeman&8217;s Little League Baseball Team. He was a member of American Legion Post 11, The Last Man Club and First Presbyterian Church.

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On June 30, 1951, he married Catherine (Gruber) Wilson in Marysburg. The couple was blessed with a daughter Candace (Wilson) Richmond. The family enjoyed their fishing trips to Sandy Lake in Bemidji, Minn. He enjoyed walking his old beat 3 to 4 times a day. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Clyde is survived by his daughter Candy (Wilson) Richmond and her husband Steven of Mankato; granddaughters Alissa and Megan; sister Lois Michaelis, niece Karen Arett and her husband Jerry all of Albert Lea; great-nephews: Scott Arett and his wife Mary of Green Bay, Wis., and Shane Arett of Eau Claire, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine and granddaughter Jessica.