Howard Clarke Wilder, 76, Gold Beach, died May 8, 2000, at Curry General Hospital.

He was born July 9, 1923, in San Francisco to Frank and Ethel (Clarke) Wilder.

Mr. Wilder was raised and educated in San Jose, Calif., and also attended Los Gatos High School where he graduated in 1940.

He studied for the opera, played tennis and participated in the Junior Davis Cup. After graduation, he relocated to Wake Island and later entered the U.S. Navy.

He was captured and held as a prisoner of war for approximately four years. He earned the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Prisoner of War Medal.

After his discharge in 1945, he lived in various places around the United States before moving to Los Gatos, Calif.

In December 1959, he married Nancy Bentley Phelps in Mexico. They moved to Gold Beach in January 2000 because of health problems.

Survivors are wife Nancy Wilder, Gold Beach; sons Craig Wilder, Los Gatos; William Wilder, Portland; Edward Wilder, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Howard A. Wilder, Huntington Beach, Calif.; daughters Anne Kohn, Las Vegas; Kim Wilder, Los Gatos.

Also surviving are six grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were parents Frank and Ethel Wilder, and one sister.

No formal services will be conducted at this time.

Arrangements are under the direction of Scantlins Gold Beach Mortuary and Chapel.