In Memory

Kit Wildinger - Class Of 1961

Kit Wildinger

Joseph "Kit" Wildinger
1943 - 2018

Joseph Valentine Wildinger Jr.
FEBRUARY 15, 1943 ~ OCTOBER 11, 2018 (AGE 75)

Joseph Valentine Wildinger, Jr. (Lt Col USAF Retired) was born February 15, 1943 in Salinas, California to his proud parents, Beatrice Ann Smith and Major (USAF) Joseph Valentine Wildinger, Sr. Upon graduation at Peru State College, Nebraska, Joe immediately joined the Air Force to proudly serve his country and to fly airplanes. During his 23 years in the Air Force he flew KC-135 tankers and UH-1N helicopters. After retiring, he continued flying with Eastern Metro Express before beginning his dream of inspiring in others his love of aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He spent 20 years as an Adjunct Professor and later a full time Associate Professor and Director of Academics at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field AFB.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jeanne Ables Wildinger; his daughter, Erica Wildinger; son, Evan Joseph Wildnger (Jolie); grandchildren, Jackson Joseph, Macy, Mallory and Ellis; his sister, Pamela Wildinger Brooks (Thomas); nephews Craig Brooks (Jennifer), Tyler and William, and Douglas Brooks (Wendy), Sylvia and Sebastian. He is also survived by his adoring dogs, Airey, Dino, Destiny and Court.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, October 22 at 1:00 pm at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with full military honors in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you support ASHA: Alabama Sighthound Adoptions, a non-profit

This fellow JHS Falcon contributed so much time and effort to our JHS Association not only amending our By-Laws and being on our first JHS Board of Directors, but working to keep all Falcons together by promoting the Tri-Annual Reunions. Kit Wildinger attended Tri-Annual Reunions as well as many Mini Reunions along with his wife, Jeanne Ables Wildinger ‘64. The Wildingers co-hosted the April 22, 2018 Cruise Reunion, and hosted a Tri-Annual Reunion in Destin, Florida, as well as a Mini Reunion in Florida and assisted at other reunions.

We are so glad to have spent some memorable times with Kit and Jeanne and we are going to miss Kit and his dry sense of humor. His life was a life well lived!

The Johnson High alumni will miss Kit very much.