From the Office of Bishop Bob
In sadness, we share the news that Rev. John “Jack” Wise died on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Rev. John “Jack” Wise was a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. He was born on June 11, 1929 and was a graduate of Arizona State College and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He was admitted on trial in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of The Methodist Church in 1951. He was appointed to school and then to Claypool Methodist Church. He became a member in full connection in 1955 and served Yuma: Trinity; Long Beach: South Gate; Fallbrook UMC. In the Southern California-Arizona Conference of The United Methodist Church, he served: Fallbrook UMC. In the Pacific & Southwest Conference, he served: Fallbrook UMC; Tucson: St. James; Las Vegas: University. And in the Desert Southwest Conference, he served: Las Vegas: University and Phoenix: Trinity. Rev. Wise retired in 1989. His spouse of 68 years, Rickey, died on July 2, 2021.
Rev. Wise and his wife were avid travelers. They made over 30 trips and cruises because they loved traveling. They were able to visit many places all over the globe. Rev. Wise led tours to the Holy Land and to the Oberammergau Passion Play. He also traveled to Europe to learn more about his ancestry.
Rev. Wise loved ministry, especially the ministry of visitation. He liked people and loved visiting in homes and hospitals alike. In the last few years, he cared for his ailing wife, until her death earlier this year. He was a devoted husband and caregiver.
A graveside service will take place at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 30th at Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. Following the graveside service, a memorial service will be held at 11 am at First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, 5510 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85012. All are invited to attend both services.
Condolences can be sent to:
8306 South 18th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Memorial gifts can be made to:
United Methodist Outreach Ministries
3333 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix AZ 85008
or by clicking here
We join our hearts together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. John “Jack” Wise, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.