Raymond Leigh Wilder August 19, 1927 – August 21, 2019


Raymond Leigh Wilder 92

Raymond Leigh Wilder, 92, passed away quietly and surrounded by friends and family on August 21, 2019. He was born August 19, 1927 in Tacoma, WA to Raymond Dabney and Edna Mabel Wilder. The family spent one year in Tacoma, two years in Longview, thirteen years in Kellogg, ID, and moved to Portland, OR when he was sixteen. A stint in the Navy followed by college and employment took him to California, the East Coast, and back to California. He then retired on the central Oregon Coast in Seal Rock and Coronado Shores. He married Alois DenBeste in 1957 and they had two children, Leslie Ann and Michael Jon Wilder. He then married Marion Coes in 1972. Both Alois and Marion preceded him in death. He then Married Janice Epps James in 2000.

Graduation from Grant Hi in Portland and three years in the Pacific as a Navy destroyer fire control man was followed by a BS in mathematics at Oregon State in 1952. A combination of post-graduate work at U of Wa., UCLA, U of Delaware and USC culminated in an MS in quantitative business analysis.

Major deployment involved consulting in management and applied statistics with The U of Wash., Public Opinion Laboratory, Northwest Natural Gas, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and McDonnell Douglas Corp. (now Boeing). He formed Wilder Assoc. in 1974 as a statistical and engineering consulting firm with clients including McDonnell Douglas, U. of So. Cal., and Lundberg Assoc. until 1982.

He lettered in track and basketball at Kellogg High and managed track at Oregon State, was a member of DeMolay, Hi-Y in high school and Inter-fraternity Council, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Mu Epsilon and president of Chi Phi and the Student Athletic Managers Assoc. at Oregon State. He also belonged to the American Statistical Assoc., served on Waldport schools advisory committee, Seal Rock RFPD board, Beaver Creek Advisory Committee for the Oregon Land Conservation Development Commission, Newport YMCA Endowment committee, and Endowment committee for the Ore. Coast Commission for the Arts. He was listed in Who’s Who In The West and his publication “Rating for Reliability Allocation” is in the Library of Congress. This Qualitative technique was used for management decisions, paints, textile and packaging development, vendor and personnel development, athletic ratings and quality level selection.

Mr. Wilder did not wish to have a memorial service and suggested contributions to YOUR favorite charity or research program. He thought a memorial party “after the dust has settled would be a fine idea”.

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