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Clyde "Duke" Wiblin, II
1936 ~ 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Clyde B. Wiblin, II, affectionately known as "Duke" among his friends and family, peacefully passed away on November 10, 2023, at the age of 86. His final sentiment, a testament to his character, was that he expressed to his family his belief that he had lived a good life. Duke was born on November 23, 1936, in Charleston, West Virginia. He now reunites with his beloved wife of 42 years, Juanita F. Wiblin (Davis), his parents, Clyde B. and Iva J. Wiblin (Miller), and step-daughter Brenda G. Wells in eternal rest.
Duke leaves behind a legacy cherished by his survivors, including his step-son Lawrence T. (Melissa) Brown of Lancaster, Ohio, step-granddaughter Aarin (Darin) Brown of Columbus, Ohio, his dear brother Tommy (Linda) Wiblin of Lake Placid, Florida, cousin Glen Faber of Jasper, Georgia, and step-granddaughter Melissa (Kenny) Mason of Fayetteville, North Carolina. His presence will be sorely missed by numerous family, step-great grandchildren, friends, and acquaintances in Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
A graduate of Stone Wall Jackson High School in 1954, Duke dedicated seven proud years to the United States Marine Corps before serving an additional two years in Germany with the Army Signal Corps. Subsequently, he began an apprenticeship in printing, culminating in a 36-year career as a Journeyman Printer at The Columbus Dispatch, endearingly referred to as 'Wib' by his colleagues.
Duke and Juanita's marriage embodied enduring love and commitment. Their partnership was a beautiful blend of teasing banter and deep affection, with their joy often found in good-natured nitpicking and shared laughter. They were known for their selfless generosity, quietly supporting, and assisting those around them. Duke revered Tom as the son he never had, a testament to the bond they have shared for most of Tom’s life. Fondly referred to as 'Pap' by his granddaughter Aarin, he carries the irreplaceable role of treasured grandfather and friend.
The bond between Duke and his brother Tommy was one of immense significance in his life, marked by shared experiences and an unbreakable fraternal connection that brought joy and strength to both their lives. Duke had an incredible fondness for dogs, especially his beloved Doberman Pinscher, Bruno, who held a special place in his heart. Duke's laughter, iconic wink, and unwavering love will be deeply missed.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Nancy Baker, Patsy Hess, Renee Baker-Carpenter, and their families for their exceptional care and love. They also express profound appreciation to Katrina McQueen, an earth angel whose profound love and service will be forever remembered. Special thanks to Philip Holmes and his family for their unwavering support, along with the staff of The Hospice House.
Funeral services will be held on November 15, 2023, at 11:00 am at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines, NC.