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Railler Wiltz

July 2, 1931 — January 14, 2024


Railler Wiltz, a retired employee of the Illinois Central Railroad who dedicated 42 years of his life to the company has passed away. He was born on July 2nd, 1931, in St. Martin Parish. Railler left this world on January 14th, 2024.

Throughout his long and successful career at the Illinois Central Railroad, Railler worked diligently and earned the respect and friendship of his colleagues. He was a member of the Big R (Railroad Retirement) Club. This association allowed him to stay connected with fellow retired railway workers, fostering a sense of camaraderie that lasted throughout his lifetime.

Outside of work, Railler had a passion for LSU baseball and proudly held season tickets and was a member of the Coaches Committee for many years. His enthusiasm for the sport led him on unforgettable trips to Omaha for the College World Series. His dedication to LSU baseball exemplified his love for the game and brought joy and countless moments shared with friends and family.

Railler will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves behind cherished memories and an indelible mark on the hearts of those he held dear.

Railler is survived by his children: four daughters Brenda Keller (Joe), Janice Sevin (Allan), Karen Jones (Kirk), and Cherie Wagner; three sons David Wiltz (Debi), Pat Wiltz, and Mickey Wiltz (Tami). Their love and support provided strength during difficult times. In addition to his children, he leaves behind beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren who brought immeasurable joy into his life. Their presence lit up his days, creating everlasting bonds that will endure through generations. Railler is also survived by his sisters Louella (Lou) Guidry and Mary Picard and brother Ferdie Wiltz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Odie Wiltz and Sadie Altemus Wiltz, as well as his wife of 52 years, Evelyn Theresa Chidester Wiltz, the mother of his eight children, his son Alton Odie Wiltz, and his second wife, Helen Hargis Wiltz, with whom he shared many years of love and companionship. Their bond brought happiness and fulfillment into their lives. Railler was also proceeded in death by his brothers, Wiley Wiltz and Beverly (B.J.) Wiltz, as well as his sister Laura Wiltz Dubois Blount. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, from 9:30am until 11:00am at St George Catholic Church, 7808 St George Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Monday, January 22, 2024, with Fr. Paul Yi as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St George Cemetery.

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Monday, January 22, 2024

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