Gerald "Red" H.
Gerald “Red” Wilds was born January 9, 1927, in Coal Valley (Clairton), PA, and died at the age of 94, on April 30, 2021 in Dravosburg, PA.
Red enlisted in the Navy in 1944, and saw combat in the South Pacific during WWII. He achieved the Rank of Coxwain, and piloted Landing Craft and Minesweepers, and was the Pilot of the Captain’s Barge (Captain’s private transport boat) on the Carrier USS Langley, which was present at the Japan Surrender of the Philippines to General Wainwright. For his Service he received the Pacific Theater Ribbon (one Star), the American Theater Ribbon, the Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Red married his sweetheart Joan McFarland in 1951, and was an Auto Mechanic and Partner in Roberts Brothers Garage of Clairton, Wilson and West Mifflin, until he retired. He enjoyed cars and motorcycles in his younger days, fishing and boating with his family in his pre-retirement spare time, and relaxing on his much loved front porch overlooking the Monongahela River.
Red is predeceased by his beloved wife Joan in 2018, and survived by his children Trish (Paul) Housman, and Gary (Janet) Wilds, his Grandchildren Rion Wilds, Landon Housman, Julie Housman, Michelle (Dominick) Chellino III, five additional step grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
He was a guy that everyone liked, and he will be sorely missed in this world.
A graveside committal service with military honors will be held at the Richland Cemetery TUESDAY, May 4, at 10 a.m.
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