ELLINWOOD — Jacky Bill Wise, 86, passed away at Ellinwood District Hospital on Nov. 11, 2020. Born March 4, 1934, according to Jack (on the kitchen table), in St. John, Kan. He was the son of Wesley and Bertha Wise. He married Sondra Lee Conwell in Ellinwood on July 10, 1953, and they enjoyed 62 years together before Sondra was called home.
Jack graduated from St. John High school in 1952. He then attended Hutchinson Community College where he played basketball and soon after met the love of his life. Jack pursued a lifetime career in the oil field.
In 1967 Jack and Sondra moved back to Ellinwood, where they took over a family business, Dick’s Engine & Machine Service. Jack created more than a business after he and Sondra took it over. It was always a place where anyone was welcome to come in and play a card game, talk oil prices, and grab a snack. He developed many lifelong friendships through his business. His children later joined the family business, and it is actively open and operating today.
Jack was once a member of Ducks Unlimited, Cottonwood Gun Club, Grove Park Golf Course, and the Shriner’s Club, and he was a Mason. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He was always up for a trip to the casino. Jack and Sondra enjoyed many vacations together, and loved to dance. Once their family grew, they shared their love for traveling with their family, by taking them on vacations as well. A very important part of Jack’s life was watching his grandchildren grow up and follow them through all of their sport endeavors. He believed in family values, and he and Sondra would host a Sunday dinner each week for the family.
Jack is survived by two children, Andy (Joanie) Wise of Ellinwood and Robin (Don) Moos of Ellinwood; five granddaughters, Tiffany Eaton of Hutchinson, Kan., Kendra Kaiser of Great Bend, Kan., Cassie (Mark) Batchman of Ellinwood, Keri (Joe) Vinduska of Great Bend, Kan., Leslie (Daniel) Domsch of Lenexa, Kan., along with 11 great grandchildren, Chandler and Chance Eaton of Hutchinson, Kan., Ava, Landon, and Mya Kaiser of Great Bend, Kan., Cale, Alyvia, and Mallory Batchman of Ellinwood, Kan., Emery and Sydney Vinduska of Great Bend, Kan., and Vance Domsch of Lenexa, Kan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sondra Wise; son, Randy Bill; sisters, Lorna Deane Spillman and Joann Hicks.
Cremation has taken place. Services will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the “Jack Wise Memorial Fund” for the family to give to several organizations that were very important to Jack, in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526.
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P.O. Box 246
Ellinwood, KS 67526
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 15, 2020