MENDOTA - Adelbert L. “Bert” Wise, 87, of Mendota passed away peacefully at Heritage Health, Mendota on Aug. 8, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 at First United Methodist Church, Mendota with Rev. Mary Bohall officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery, Mendota with military rites by Mendota VFW Post 4079. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. on Aug. 12 at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.
Bert was born Dec. 27, 1931 in Waterman to Irving A. and Marium M. (Foreman) Wise. He married Diana L. Prenctice on May 1, 1954 at First United Methodist Church in Paw Paw and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May.
Survivors include his wife; four children, Michael L. (Debra Doden) Wise of Morton, Jody D. (Timothy) Mitchell of Dixon, and Mark A. (Jo Kleckner) Wise and Scott W. (Beth Blomberg) Wise, both of Mendota; 14 grandchildren, Aaron Wise, Jenny (Brian) O’Dowd, Kyle Wise, Ashley O’Brien (Nathan) Roux, Cooper O’Brien, Keaton O’Brien, Jared (Tammy Phalen) Wise, Nicholas Wise, Garrett Wise, Cale Wise, Maren Wise, Kyle (Katie) Mitchell, Cayli Mitchell and Grace Mitchell; and seven great-grandchildren, Madeline Wise, Maya Wise, Kaitlyn O’Dowd, Allison O’Dowd, Maddison Roux, Carly Roux and Dean Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Johnson; and one brother, William Wise.
Bert graduated from Paw Paw High School and lettered in varsity basketball as a Paw Paw Bulldog. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, stationed in Korea. He was a partner in M & E TV for many years, selling and repairing many Zenith TVs and other appliances throughout the Mendota area. He enjoyed watching and coaching sports with his sons and grandchildren. He also enjoyed gardening and never passed up a garage sale or auction. He was a member of the Mendota American Legion, VFW, Elks and was a life-long member of the Methodist Church, 60 of those years attending First United Methodist Church in Mendota.
Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Mendota.