William E. “Bill” Wise

July 03, 1935 - June 02, 2020
William E. Wise

William E. (Bill) Wise left this earth early the morning of June 2, 2020. He was the son of Earl James and Mary Ruth (Beaird) Wise. Bill was born in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Tulsa. After college, he joined the United States Navy. He retired from the Navy, at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He also retired from Eagle Picher. Bill was a lifetime member of the Elk’s Lodge and served as Past Exalted Ruler. He was always very proud of his service to the lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Wise, of the home; brother, Dale (Carol) Wise, of Kingston, Oklahoma; daughter, Gayla White (Rick), of Bentonville, Arkansas; sons, William E. (Rhonda) Wise, Jr., of Colcord, Oklahoma, and Robert E. (fiancée Regina) Wise, of Carl Junction, Missouri; step-daughters, Amy (Todd) Williams, of Reeds, Missouri, and Melissa King, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a celebration of Bill’s life on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the Elk’s Lodge, in Joplin, at 3:00 p.m.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.