Jack Wendell Wise

October 3, 1919 - May 19, 2020

Jack Wendell Wise passed from this life and entered into his eternal life in Heaven on May 19, 2020, at the age of 100 years, 7 months, and 16 days. Born on October 3, 1919, to Clifford and Chloe Wise in Stone County, Missouri.

Jack is survived by his wife Joan, of 72 years; daughters Gloria Branstetter of Nixa and Kathy (Jim) Medlin of Aurora; son Kenneth (Angie) Wise of Crane. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Melissa (Donnie) White, Lindell (Shelly) Mitchell, Kevin (Tammy) Medlin, Greg (Amy) Medlin, Christina (Jason) Batson, Gretta (Rob) Guerin, Garrett (Nicole) Wise and Kenna Wise; 15 great-grandchildren, Heston White, Ryan (Kaylee) Mitchell, Britney (Chris) Paul, Brittany (Brad) Neely, Kyle Medlin, Zachary Medlin, Clint (Lacey) Medlin, Noah Medlin, Stetson Medlin, Karlie (Ryan) Powers, Cameron Batson, Gage Guerin, Bryer Guerin, Livi Wise and Daxon Wise; eight great-great grandchildren, Briar Mitchell, Tatum Mitchell, Tinlee Harmon, Ethan Paul, Briley Neely, Beau Neely, Oakley Medlin and Benjamin Medlin. Also, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Jack was the only son of five children. Four sisters preceded him, Anna Lee Williams, Ollie Fravel, Ruth Mae Stephens, and Virginia Cox. Also, an infant daughter and daughter, Carolyn Kay Wise Woody, and an infant great-grandchild.

Jack graduated from Crane High School in 1938 after lettering in basketball for four years. He served his country entering the U.S. Army in 1941 and was honorably discharged in 1945 after serving in Company “F” of the 160th infantry division. He did service in California, Hawaii, Luzon Philippines, and Bismarck Archipelago New Guinea. After WWII ended, Jack returned home to his farming life of raising livestock, crops, milking cows, and gardening. Jack and Joan raised their family on the farm in Crane and for many years thereafter before they retired and moved to Aurora.

Jack loved to sing in the choir at church (The Fundamental Methodist-Aurora) and joined a group called “The Singing Friends”, who sang at the “Lawrence County Sing”, as well as different churches and nursing homes.

On his 100th Birthday, family and friends gathered in the dining hall of the Aurora Nursing Center to honor and celebrate him. Present also was Missouri Representative Bob Bromley who presented him with plaques and honors for his military service.

Jack loved his family very much and was so very proud of each one. He will be so greatly missed.

There will be a private family service held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with a graveside service to follow at 11:30 a.m. for friends and family at the Crane Community Cemetery.

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