Wilbur was educated in a country school until he entered the 8th grade in the former Brooke school, from which he graduated in 1926. He then went to work on the family farm, and took the former Marge Lindlief, whose family farmed north of Alta, as his bride in 1932.
Wilbur and Marge had three children. The oldest son, Carroll, is now farming the family farm, while their son Neal lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and their daughter Joy lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Marge suffered a stroke in 1987, and passed away on May 29, 2001. Wilbur said he has eight grandchildren, seven of whom are living. He thinks he has at least ten great- grandchildren, but wasn't sure of the exact number.
Wilbur said he doesn't have any special hobbies or interests, and when asked the secret of living to the age of 100, he was mystified. He did say that he quit smoking many years ago, and he seems pretty healthy and spry to me.
When I asked the soon-to-be centenarian what he thought of the big shindig they are throwing for him Sunday, he replied, with a smile, "I'll tell you when it's over."
Happy Birthday, Wilbur.