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home : obituaries : obituaries May 24, 2016

7/1/2014 8:00:00 AM
Arthur Daniel Wise
Dec. 4, 1923 - June 27, 2014

Arthur Daniel Wise, 90, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014, due to complications from a fall. He was preceded in death by his parents, Waldo and Delight Wise, his wife of 56 years JoAnn and his only sister, Zora Andrews.

Arthur graduated from Upland High School. In January 1943, he was drafted into the First and Third Battalion, Regiment 463, 97th Infantry. Later qualifying as a technician fourth grade. During World War II the 97th Infantry was part of the Pacific tour and was one of the first groups to arrive in Japan during the Occupation. He was honorably discharged Jan. 12, 1946. 

Two weeks after his discharge, he married JoAnn Smith on Jan. 26, 1946, in Wyndfall.

Arthur's professional career spanned 42 years, all in the dairy industry. He was employed by Producers Creamery/Kroger, Marion, Crystal Dairy, Remington and Rochester, and finally as Superintendent for Stella Cheese/Universal Foods, Peru, until he retired in June 1988. 

Arthur dedicated his life to service of others. He was an active longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church. He was on the Board of Trustees, leader of the Senior Membership Club and a 30-year Sunday school teacher.

He was also an active member of the Rochester IOOF Lodge No. 47. Positions he held were chaplain for two years, financial secretary and treasurer for 10 years and assistant groundskeeper of the IOOF cemetery.

Arthur is survived by his son David and wife Joyce and granddaughter Lauren Wise; his daughter Miriam Duncan, grandson Eric and wife Stacy and great-grandchildren Cali, Cruz and Cai Duncan; grandson Henry and great-grandsons Hezekiah and Austin Duncan; and three stepgranddaughters Connie Duncan, Kathy Gravely, Lisa Metcalf and their families.

A celebration of the life of Arthur D. Wise is 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may visit with the family 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Santa Fe Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the hospice of the donor's choice.

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: phil clinger

Art was a long-time friend and an example to me of an ideal citizen.

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