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Michael Wilder, 54

Michael C. Wilder, age 54, of Three Rivers, Mich., went home Thursday, April 2, 2009, following a seven year battle with cancer. 

He was born in Saint Thomas, Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 24, 1954, a son of Donald Percey and Sheilah (Ryder) Wilder. 

Michael graduated from Glen Oaks Community College and was a journeyman electrician. He had been employed at Dayco in Three Rivers, Lear Plastics in Mendon, and most recently at Eaton Manufacturing in Three Rivers. 

He was married to Sherri Kurzawski in Sturgis in 1982; they were divorced in 1998.

Michael was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Goshen. He enjoyed restoring old cars, sailing, hunting, fishing, and golf.  He had a special love of music and played several instruments.

Michael is survived by three children, Jeffery Wilder and Jessica Wilder both of Colon, and John Wilder (Ann) of Saint Thomas, Ontario;  his mother, Sheilah Sears of Three Rivers; a sister, Dyana Higley (Dana) of Three Rivers; his fiancee, Jane Hoover of Goshen, Ind.; and by extended family in England. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Wilder; two brothers, Hugh and David Wilder; his stepfather, Harry Sears; and a niece, Carrie Wilder.

Cremation has been conducted.  A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. April 14 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon, with the Rev. Father, Chris Smith, pastor of Saint John’s Catholic Church in Goshen, officiating.  Interment will be in South Park Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to Relay for Life. 

Online register and condolences are at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com.

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