Roger Wisdom

May 5, 1943October 4, 2019

William Roger Wisdom, 76, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019.

He was known to most family and friends as Roger and to others as Bill. He was born May 5, 1943 in San Diego, CA to Jean Evelyn Noel Wisdom and Harry Clinton Wisdom.

Roger spent his early years in Stanberry, MO before the family relocated to Gladstone, MO. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1961 and worked for Montgomery Ward, working his way up from the warehouse to appliance technician. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1966, spending time at Lowery AFB in Denver, CO where he met his future wife, Bonnie Jean More. He did one tour in Vietnam in 1967-68, and was in Da Nang during the Tet Offensive, working on aircraft radar. After coming home, Roger and Bonnie lived in California for nearly two years before Roger was discharged and they moved to Missouri. Roger continued his job with Montgomery Ward and they had two daughters, Michelle Renae in 1971 and Ember Lynn in 1975.

In 1985, Roger went to work for the North Kansas City School District as a custodian at NKC High. He loved his colleagues and all the students. He retired in 2006, to putter around his shop and hang out with his brothers and friends. Roger helped any and all who needed it and was a kind and generous soul who would give anyone the shirt off his back or his last nickel.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle (Chris) Bishop and Ember (Ed) Adams; his grandson, Dylan Wisdom and adopted granddaughter, Cheyenne Lineberry; his ex-wife, Bonnie; his brothers, Clinton (Faye), Noel and Scott (Martha); a niece and two nephews, and many, many loving friends who he considered family.

The family will have a private inurnment at Newcomers White Chapel north mausoleum. A celebration of life will be held at Barry Christian Church on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


  • Harry Clinton Wisdom, Father (deceased)
  • Jean Evelyn Noel, Mother (deceased)
  • Michelle (Chris) Bishop, Daughter
  • Ember (Ed) Adams, Daughter
  • Dylan Wisdom, Grandson
  • Cheyenne Lineberry, Granddaughter
  • Clinton (Faye) Wisdom, Brother
  • Noel Wisdom, Brother
  • Scott (Martha) Wisdom, Brother
  • Roger is also survived by his ex-wife, Bonnie, a niece, 2 nephews, and many loving friends.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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