James A Wise


James A. Wise, 85, of Milan, passed away, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at the Life Care Center of Andover.
Jim was born Feb. 1, 1937 at Conway Springs, to Eli Wise and Elizabeth (Maurer) Wise. He grew up in Conway Springs where he attended Conway Springs public schools. He graduated from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1957. He began working for Clarks and Clarks Manufacturing in Wellington the next winter.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 27, 1960, and served his country. He was honorably discharged on April 20, 1961. Jim was united in marriage to Joan Marie Schauf on March 26, 1958, at Wellington. They made their first home in Wellington before moving to Conway Springs and later Clearwater where Jim worked in the construction of the local grain elevator.
In August of 1963, Jim began working at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita in production as an aluminum and steel heat treater. He and Joan moved to Milan in 1966. Jim retired on Feb. 26, 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and Ed Wise; and nine sisters, Pearl Wise, Ethel Strait, Ila Henderson, Ruth Oswald, Pauline Crabill, Eva Ramsey, Ellen Atterbury, Ilda Faelber and Cora King. Jim is survived by his wife, Joan Wise; two sons, Jacob Wise and wife Milagrosa of Wichita, and Joe Wise and wife Melissa of Harper; four grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service was conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 4, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, with Father Kyle Dugan officiating. Interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available at ebersolemortuary.com.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.