James Paul Wilde, 71, of Plano, was called to the Lord suddenly on July 4, while he was doing one of his favorite things, grilling outside in preparation for all his grandkids coming over to swim and celebrate the fourth.
An opportunity for viewing and visitation was held at the Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 7990 President George Bush Freeway, Dallas, on Sunday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Services started promptly at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst, 101 Church Road, with Rev. Michael Moloney, Pastor of St. Mary’s and St. Boniface Catholic Church, officiating. James will be interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Archer City.
James was born April 20, 1949, to George and Elizabeth (Schlabs) Wilde, in Alice, Texas, the fourth of five children. He went to school in Henrietta, but moved to Windthorst, and graduated from Windthorst High School in 1967. It was there that he met his lifelong love, Suzanne Lindemann.
James married Suzanne on January 31, 1970 and they had a wonderful 50 year wedding anniversary celebration this year, surrounded by their six children and six grandchildren, his brother and sisters, and many more extended family members.
James graduated from Midwestern State University in 1971 and immediately started his career with Sears. After 22 years in different divisions of the Sears organization, he left and started his own business, Kwik Kar of McKinney. After opening the first location in March 1993, he went on to open a second location in October 1998, and a third location in May 2010.
He was so proud of all his children and their accomplishments: The four kids who truly made it a family business and the other two who followed in his entrepreneurial footsteps as a dentist and a professional photographer.
James was a man of faith. He and Suzanne lived in Plano for 31 years where they and their children were members of Prince of Peace Catholic Community since it was formed. He had also been a member of the Knights of Columbus.
If you knew James, you knew he was a fun-loving, quick-witted, unassuming kind of guy. He was a hard-working man and well known for his iconic white t-shirt with a pocket. He loved talking to and connecting with people and could easily turn a 1 minute business conversation on the phone into 30 minutes. It didn’t matter what the place or situation, he could start a conversation with anyone. It seemed he never met a stranger. He always had an opinion and enjoyed just hanging out with his friends while they tried to solve the world’s problems. He definitely had a head for numbers, and loved spreadsheets and Sudoku and playing cards (and was always the scorekeeper). He had a good business sense and kept his company growing during the lean times as well as the good times and was always a fair and generous employer. He loved playing with his grandkids. Having his family around him was his greatest joy.
James was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Clarence. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Suzanne and his six children, Amy Wilde of Plano, James Wilde, Jr. (Jamie) of Plano, Jonathan Wilde and wife, Renee of Celina, Dianna Wilde of Austin, Matthew Wilde and wife, Angela of Aubrey, and Nicholas Wilde and fiancée, Meridith McKee of McKinney. He has five granddaughters: Laurie Anne, Hailey, Nicole, Sterling, and Hayden, and one grandson, Maxwell. He also leaves behind two sisters, Lois Wolf and husband, Jim, and Pauline Wolf, both of Windthorst, one brother Jerry Wilde and wife, Lois of Carrollton, and one sister-in-law Beverly Wilde of Archer City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests honoring James by making a contribution to your favorite charity in his name, as long as it doesn’t have anything to do with the Democrats.