In Memory of

Cleo Ann Wild

January 5, 1919 - January 14, 2018
From: Royal, IA
Cleo Ann Wild

Cleo Ann Wild

Born: January 5, 1919
Died: January 14, 2018
Age: 99

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Cleo was born January 5, 1919, the only child of Nels and Christine (Petersen) Hjelm.  They lived on a farm south of Royal.  Cleo attended Willow Creek country school for the first eight years of her schooling. She then attended high school in Royal, graduating in 1936. Cleo and her close friends, Elsie Mae (Paulsen) Jones and Mildred (Toft) Swanson attended school together for all 12 years, and they remained lifelong friends.

     Cleo then went to beauty school in Omaha, graduating in 1938.  She had her own shop in Washta, IA and also worked at a shop in Spencer for 5 years.  Cleo married Wayne Wild on July 3, 1943 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  They started farming south of Royal right away. They became the parents of two daughters, Candy and Shelley.  The family moved to Royal in 1966 and lived with Cleo’s father after her mother passed away. They continued to commute to the farm until 1989, when they retired. Wayne preceded her in death in September, 2002.

     Cleo was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran all her life; participating in Altar Guild, teaching Sunday School, Circles, Bible studies, quilting and many other things.  She was a strong woman of God, an example to all her family.

     During her later years, Cleo enjoyed tending her flowers, gardening and crafts. She enjoyed traveling with her family and saw many new places including National Parks, Disneyworld, the Statue of Liberty, Alaska and several trips to Branson, MO.  She also liked going to Casinos and feasting on crab leg specials.

     Cleo passed away at Spencer hospital on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the age of 99. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Wayne.  Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters:  Candy (Bob) Ehmen of Missouri Valley, IA, and Shelley (Bruce) Berberich of Royal, IA;  two grandsons:  Josh (Jennifer) Ehmen of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jared (Lindsey) Ehmen of Cedar Falls, IA;  three great grandsons, Mason, Tanner and Caleb Ehmen of Honolulu,  Hawaii; other relatives, friends and of course her many “precious” cats.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.
Pastor Mark Wilms
Keith Mortensen
Allen Swanson
Chris Swanson
Gary Toft
Greg Toft
Steve Santage
Jon Hjelm
Gene Hjelm
Roger Huberg

Joshua Ehmen
Jared Ehmen
Mason Ehmen
Tanner Ehmen
Caleb Ehmen
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 17th with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer


Prelude - "How Great Thou Art"
Postlude - "Amazing Grace"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"

"Heaven's Now My Home"
"In The Garden"
By Lynn Wilms

Sue Brugman

Willow Creek Cemetery
Royal, Iowa

A Lunch and time of fellowship will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal immediately following the graveside services.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:49 AM
“May the warm, loving memories of your mother comfort your fragile hearts during this difficult time. Loosing a parent can be so very difficult as no other in your life will ever love you as a parent has loved you....

- Cherie Brower Berkel
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:12 AM
“To the family and friends of Cleo Wild, I would like to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences. I am truly sorry for the lost that your family is feeling. When ever we lose such a caring and loving person, it is the hardest thing that any of us can go thru. And because of that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. During this extremely difficult time, please turn to God for comfort and support. He promise to give your family the strength needed in order to endure this great lost. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) Something else that can bring your family comfort is cherishing the wonderful memories that you have lost of Mrs. Cleo. These precious memories will console the family in the day's ahead. ”
- LaToya Johnson
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:54 AM
“Candy, Shelley and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Hold on to the many memories you have! Cleo was such a kind soul. ”
- Kelly DeYoung
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:54 AM
“What a gift your mom was to everyone she met! She will always be in my fondest memories of our family at Bethlehem. As Jesus gathered Cleo in his arms, she surely heard the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." May God wrap you tightly in his arms and hold you in the days to come, may sweet memories be with you, and may you be filled with His peace. My prayers and heartfelt sympathy to each of you.”
- Marcia Steffen
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM
“Candi, Shelley, and family, so very sorry for your loss. Cleo was such a caring and friendly lady.”
- Susan (Mortensen) Larsen
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM
“Shelly and Bruce, we are so sorry to hear of the pasting of you Mother! Remember the memories, you have many, it sometimes the greats things to keep us going. May God Wrap His loving arms around you ar this time.”
- Rodney & Anita Petersen
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8:02 AM
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know your mother. Cleo was just a joy to visit with and such a beloved role model. She touched many lives wherever she went. I can see her dancing with Jesus in heaven. You are all fortunate to have her empact upon your lives for 99 years! God bless you! Jody”
- Jody Ptacnik
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8:02 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this time. ”
- Michelle Munden
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8:02 AM
“Shelley, Candy and your families...please accept our sincere sympathies! RIP Cleo! Be sure to say ‘’hi’’ to Wayne!
- John and Deb Harmelink
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:50 PM
“Shelly & sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet kind person. May God grant you peace.”
- Teresa (Mortensen) Spear
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:50 PM
“Your Mom is a beautiful lady inside and out with such a sweet gentle spirit--a Godly example. We get far in life on our Mom's love, even further in the wonderful memories created through the years. With heartfelt sympathy.”
- Beverly Winter
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:53 AM
“Candy and Shelley, your Mother was such a sweet soul. She truly reflected the Holy Spirit living in her! I am so sorry for your loss, but know God has his arms tightly wrapped around you at this time!
- Pam Virelli
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:05 AM
“Shelly I am so sorry for your loss. You and your mom were such a close pair for many years. My prayers are with you. ”
- Shirley Selzer
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:09 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to the entire family! RIP Cleo-”
- Mandy Reisner
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:09 PM
“Shelley, i’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a wonderful woman with a heart of gold. I like Karol, have many fond memories of her sweet face and kind demeanor to everyone she met, remembering many over nights at your house. Thinking of you at this sad time. ”
- Kathleen LeClair Manning
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 5:04 PM
“Shelley, I remember happier days gone by walking home with you and sitting at your kitchen table for a few moments before running back to catch the bus. Your mom made good sugar cookies! May all your memories be good ones.”
- Karol Gafkjen
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