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Wilbur H. Wynder Jr., 52. of the Eastbrook Road died at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at Jameson Memorial Hospital following a sudden illness.

He was born in New Castle on April 8. 1921. to the late Wilbur H and Sarah Littlewood Wynder. He was employed at Cooper-Bessemer of Grove City for 33 years

Mr. Wynder was a member of the East Brook United Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Mahoning Lodge 434 F. and A.M.. New Castle Consistory, and served during World War II as a sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division of the U S Army.

He is survived by his wife, Angelia Cappolina Wynder; three daughters, Mrs. Terry (Melanie) Fabry of Franklin. Pa.. Miss Valorie, Miss Sarah-Marie and a son, Wilbur (Buddy), all at home, and a half-sister, Miss Mary Sullivan of New Castle. Mr. Wynder was preceded in by two brothers, Albert and Reese, a half-sister, Gladys Rodgers.

Friends will be received at the Raymond D. Cunningham Funeral Home Road, 2429 Wilmington Road,  from 6 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Services will be held at the Funeral home at 11 a.m., Clarence Drake officiating. Burial will be in Briar Hill Cemetery.

[courtesy of Ed O'Brien]

Grave marker for Wilbur H. Wynder in   Briar Hill Cemetery, Sunset Valley (Lawrence county), Pennsylvania.

Wilbur registered for the draft ca. 1941 and  enlisted in the Army at Fort George G. Meade, MD on 1 April 1944.

Pvt Wynder traveled to Europe by troop sip and set foot on foreign soil in mid-March, 1945. 

On 16 October 1945, Pfc Wynder was transferred from the 101st Airborne Division to Hq 2nd, 508th PIR.

He returned to the U.S. on 2 March 1946 and was discharged at Fort Dix, NJ on 27 May 1946

That same year he married Angelyn Cappolina, possibly in New Castle, PA.


Wilbur submitted this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus on 20 January 1950.  He listed his wife, Angela, and daughter Melanie (2) as beneficiaries.

The Pennsylvania  record of burial shows he had been in the 506th PIR [101st Airborne Division] which may be the regiment that he transferred from when he was sent to the 508th.

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