Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home

1100 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette, IL


David Alexander Wylie

April 3, 1944December 14, 2019

David Alexander Wylie April 3, 1944 – December 14, 2019

RACINE – David Alexander Wylie, 75, passed away after a short illness on Sunday, December 14, 2019. He was born in Sacramento, California, on April 3, 1944, the son of David Graham and June (nee: Cover) Wylie.

David attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL and The University of Chicago. David worked at Marshall Fields as a Book Associate. He had a passion for books and was keenly aware of many literary topics. After retirement, David spent most of his time researching his ancestry, his love of jazz, country and western music, and Jimmie Davis.

Surviving David are his cousins; Nancy (Gary) Fichter, Jeffery (Lynn) Wylie, Scott (Julia) Wankel, Patricia (David) Hughes, and Jay (Rhonda) Wylie, and his dear friend Liz Soderquist. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, June (nee: Cover) Wylie and father, David Graham Wylie.

Funeral services will be held Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home in Wilmette, IL on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm. There will be visitation prior to the service from 10 a.m. until time of service at 12:15 p.m.

Memorials to The Jazz Institute of Chicago or to the Art Institute of Chicago have been suggested. Art Institute of Chicago: https://sales.artic.edu/donate Jazz Institute of Chicago: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx? name=E136788&id=47


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Committal Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020


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Shawn Schaefer

January 9, 2020

David senior and David junior would come in to Oh Dennis Charcoal House for dinner weekly for many years, and I was their waitress. I looked forward seeing them every week. Then David senior passed away. David would still come in for dinner, but not as often. We always kept in touch. David would faithfully call me weekly, he was a very loyal friend to all! He would always make me laugh, as he had a good sense of humor and whit.
I miss not receiving his calls, I so wish I was able to say goodbye. He will always have a special place in my heart and memories. Rest in peace David, with mother and dad...
Shawn Schaefer

Milka Stanojevich

January 8, 2020

I am devastated about my dear friend David. I met him years ago at Marshall Fields. We would have witty and intelligent conversations that flew by. He would remember things I had mentioned years earlier. He would sing to me, regale me with stories about his family, people of notoriety and arcane facts. He was thoughtful, he always sent my first birthday card and Christmas card each year. He made me a better person for knowing him, and I an glad that I told him so the last time we spoke, about two months ago. It truly was a pleasure knowing David. He was, in every sense, a gentleman. A rarity to be sure. I cherish my memories of him. Rest in peace, my sweet friend. May angels attend thee. Thank you for being my friend. God Bless you and embrace you tenderly. Until we meet again...



Kathy Fox

January 8, 2020

I first met David in the summer of 1974 , when we were both working for ITT Publishing. The Who’s Who in America division. It was hard not to notice David, even harder not to like to like him as he so loved to tell the story of Thomas Crapper. He took me to see Elvis who was preforming at Notre Dame. I wouldn’t have gone if it weren’t for David. He met my younger sister that night and he did not see her again for many years. David was over for dinner one night and I had a photo of my nephew on the bookcase, and he said “ is that Carol’s son”? I was dumbfounded, l said “how did you know”?
David said “ he looks just like her. Now that’s remarkable! I was always amazed at how many people David knew, we went to a play one night at a small theater on Broadway, and David knew the leading lady quite well, in fact she went out of her way to speak with him. I will miss out dinner & a movie nights at my apt. But mostly I will miss you David , it’s sad you’re not a phone call away

judith butler

January 7, 2020

There was no one like Dave, as far as I'm concerned. He had an incredible memory and shared a multitude of facts and stories over the years. He was a gentle and sensitive soul, always a pleasure to talk with. He ended his phone calls and voice mails over recent months with "say hi to Richard and pet the cats." I will, Dave, and I will always think of you. Judy

Patricia Jackson Hanas

January 1, 2020

So sorry to hear of David's passing. He was such a kind and wonderful person. I knew David for many years while working at Marshall Field's. He was always fun loving, and we went on several educational outings, one to the University of Chicago, and out to dinner with a few close friends. He will be so missed. I am sending prayers and thoughts to the family. He has passed way to soon, but he is in God's care now. Rest in Peace David.

Deborah WYLLIE - Kraus

December 28, 2019

So glad we got to meet...rest in peace David...my father was David F. WYLLIE 8-3- 1933