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Former UTU Vice President Wible passes away


On July 29, former United Transportation Union (UTU) International Vice President Clyde “Red” Wible died. He was 85.

Wible began his railroading career in 1941 as a brakeman and conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad. After joining the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT), he served as local chairperson, grievance committee chair and general chairperson.

In 1968, Wible served on the 40-man unification committee, which helped unite the BRT, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, and Switchmen's Union of North America into the UTU.

In 1971, he was elected UTU alternate vice president, becoming vice president in 1974. Wible held the post until he retired in December 1984.

Wible is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alma, two daughters, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family asks that memorials be sent to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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