In Memory

Clyde H. Wiseman, Jr.

Clyde H. Wiseman, Jr., 88, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.

Born July 6, 1923, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, he spent most of his life in and around Alton.

He attended public schools and Shurtleff College in Alton and was graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

In 1948, Wiseman became a member of the original announcing staff at Radio Station, WOKZ Alton, where he worked 17 years, best known as the station's news director.

In a 1959 citywide election, Wiseman won a seat on Alton's City Council. Six years later he was elected Mayor. When he left the mayor's office, Wiseman was selected to represent the Illinois Department of Business and Economic Development in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

In 1974, he assumed leadership of Wood River Township Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of the Transportation Task Force of the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council in St. Louis.

In 1976, Wiseman was named Director of Urban Affairs at the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association, where he retired in 1988.

Clyde and Edith Delphene Wilson were married in 1948. She passed away in 1984. The couple had three children. The eldest, a daughter, Mary Del died in 1957. Surviving are a daughter, Susan J. Turley of Greenville, Ill., and a son, Clyde, of Godfrey.

Clyde married Jacqueline D. Hirlinger of Webster Groves, Mo., in 1987. She survives. Also surviving are three stepchildren, Kenneth and Christopher Hirlinger of St. Louis County and Susan Elliott of St. Louis. Other survivors include six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

Clyde was an active churchman. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church USA and a coordinator in the Lay Witness Movement of the United Methodist Church.

He organized the Alton Area Presbyterian Men and established the Christian Men's Council. The latter organization sponsored inter-faith fellowship meetings for Christian men in the Alton area. At one such meeting held at Alton's First Presbyterian Church in 2001, the speaker was the most Rev. George Lucas, who was the Bishop of Springfield, Ill. It was the first time a Catholic bishop spoke in an Alton Protestant church. Wiseman was member of the Masonic Fraternity, Scottish Rite Bodies and Shrine. He was recipient of the Chevalier and Legion of Honor Degrees from the International Order of De Molay.

A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at First Presbyterian Church of Alton, 514 Alby St., with the Rev. David Crowley officiating.

Per his wishes cremation rites were accorded.

Memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131.



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