James E. Wildman, 28, a former Prince George's County deputy sheriff, died Saturday morning at Prince George's County Doctor's Hospital following a long illness. He had been afflicted with a blood disease for about five years.

Mr. Wildman, who lived at 12516 Lanham Severn Rd., Bowie, was born in Bowie and graduated from Bowie Senior high school in 1968. After attending Prince George's County Community College for two years he joined the county's sheriff's department in 1971.

He remained with the department until March 1977 when illness forced him to retire on disability.

Mr. Wildman was a member of the National Rifle Association and worked as an instructor there. He was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol and the Fraternal Order of Police.

In his spare time Mr. Wildman enjoyed hunting and fishing and was interested in the Civil War, Indian history and early American history.

Mr. Wildman is survived by his parents, James and Anna M. Wildman of Bowie; an older brother, John Whalen, and three older sisters, Margaret Moore, Melinda Duley and Katherine Wildman.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to the Holy Trinity Church in Bowie.