Samuel Wise died at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.
He was born on March 25, 1948, in Danville, Ill., to Samuel R. and Mary Jewell Gossett Wise Sr.
Samuel was a member of The First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Hoopeston, Ill. He was a United States Air Force veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was a 13- year employee of Berkeley Davis in Danville, Ill., and an 18-year employee of Johnson Controls Inc., in Vincennes, Ind., and Cadiz.
He was a graduate of Hoopeston High School, Danville Junior College and attended Illinois State University. He married Ann Patterson on Jan. 31, 1969, in Hoopeston. Sam’s hobbies were target shooting and being the caretaker for a colony of feral cats and kittens. He loved his home and family and was a devoted grandfather, loved his dog Barkley and enjoyed playing Euchre. He was proud to be a Hoopeston Cornjerker.
He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel R. Wise, Sr.; one brother, Steven Wise; one grandson, Carter Wise; and one nephew, Robert Puhr.
Samuel is survived by his wife Ann Wise of Cadiz; his mother, Mary Jewell Wise of Hoopeston, Ill.; three sisters, Sheila Pate of Danville, Ill., Starna Dudley (and husband John) of Westville, Ill. and Seresa Puhr (and husband Pat) of Clarksville, Tenn.; one brother, Shawon Wise (and wife Nora) of Cissna Park, Ill.; two sons, Samuel Wise III (and wife Maria) of Algonquin, Ill. and Jeffrey Wise of Hoopeston, Ill.; six grandchildren, Brooke, Alec, Jaida, Nikolas, Zander and Vincie Wise; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Miracle Network of Illinois, c/o Children’s Hospital of Illinois, 530 North East Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL. 61637.