Woodward, Okla. — Norman Lynn Wildman age 88 passed away, July 11, 2012 in Woodward, Oklahoma. Funeral Services will be 12 noon, Saturday July 14, 2012 at the Redinger Funeral Chapel in Seiling, Oklahoma. Interment will follow in the Brunfield Cemetery.
Lynn was born in Vici, Oklahoma on August 30, 1923, the oldest child of Norman Ray Wildman and Eura Anna (Hedges) Wildman. He was raised in Vici and graduated from Richmond High School in 1941. He married Evelyn Georgia Tribbey on March 7, 1943 at Seiling, Oklahoma in the residence of Dewey County Judge R.C. Duncan. Their first home was located one mile east and one mile south of Cestos, Oklahoma where they lived for several years. To this union three children were born, Cheryl Lynn, Carole Evelyn, and Craig Alan. A second son, 8-year old Thomas Floyd adopted in 1960 made the family complete. During World War II, Lynn was a machine shop toolmaker for Douglas Aircraft Company in Oklahoma City, OK. Lynn attended Phillips University in Enid, OK and was then employed by the Federal Government in 1951 as an electronic technician at the White Sands Missile Range, at Las Cruces, New Mexico, on the Research and Development phase of the guided missile program. He was transferred to Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base, west of Clinton, Oklahoma in 1962 as a Project Engineer for Civil Engineering Maintenance and Construction. When the base closed in 1970, he was transferred to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at Tucson, Arizona where he worked as the senior engineer on the Titan 2 Ballistic Missile System Facilities.
After his retirement from the government in 1978, Lynn and Evelyn moved to Woodward, Oklahoma and Lynn began helping his father with the operation of the family farms. For several years Lynn checked real estate and mineral ownership records at courthouses in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas in support of oil and gas leases for various major oil companies. Lynn was baptized by his uncle, Elmer Hedges, at the First Christian Church in Seiling, Oklahoma on March 29, 1942. During the years he lived at Las Cruces, New Mexico, he attended the First Christian Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Deacon and later as an Elder. Lynn was a member of the following organizations: the First Christian Church; a 56 year member (joined in 1956) of the Masonic Lodge in Las Cruces and a current member of Woodward Masonic Lodge #189 where he was Worshipful Master in 1987; a 32nd degree Mason with the Scottish Rite Body of the Guthrie, OK Consistory; the York Rite where he had served as Secretary/Recorder; a 41 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron of Queen Esther Chapter #117 in Woodward, OK, in 1984 and 1988 and as Treasurer for 20 years; The Professional Engineering Society; and an Endowment member of the National Rifle Association. Lynn also held the Grand Cross of Color from the Order of the Rainbow.
Lynn traveled extensively throughout most of the lower 48 states during his government Civil Service Career and in pursuit of his hobbies of hunting and fishing. His familiarity with the southwestern states where he lived and worked aided him in another of his hobbies, that of writing western novels. Lynn authored and published sixteen western fictional novels. He had done, seen, and heard of everything he wrote about and had been at every location he described in his books. His first book, “Clint Bodine”, was written 30 years after a rancher told him a story when they were hunting together in the Gila National Forest. He got most of his ideas from just listening to people. When asked how he started each story, he said “I just go in the office, turn on that doggone computer and stare at the dark computer screen until my fingers start moving.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norm and Eura Wildman, his son Thomas Floyd Wildman in 1996, his oldest grandson Jeffrey John Froage in 1997, his brother Donald Wildman in 2007 and his beloved wife Evelyn on May 3, 2001 after 58 years of marriage.
Lynn is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Martin and husband Michael of Oklahoma City, OK; Carole Froage and husband John of Gage, OK; one son, Craig Wildman and wife LaDonna of Custer City, OK; his sister, Louise Ickes of Claremore, OK; four grandsons, Robert Martin, David Martin and wife Amy, Jeremy Froage, Jason Froage and great-grandson Gunner; step-granddaughter, Cassey Cockrell and her daughter Alexis; step-grandson Shelby McKinnon and wife Jodi and their children Jordan, Slayton, and Shaylee ; two sisters-in-law, Nettie (Tribbey) Hampton and husband Rob and Cecelia (Tribbey) Ortega of Las Cruces, New Mexico; two brothers-in-law, Leonard Tribbey and wife Nancy of Texarkana, Texas and Jerry Tribbey, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Lynn was a devoted husband and a wonderful father. His family and “home” was always very important in his life. As he said recently, “I have had a very good life because of my close family.” Lynn was admired, respected and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.