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Bisch Funeral Home

2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Bob R. Wise

January 4, 1948November 20, 2019
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Bob R. Wise, 71, of Chatham, Illinois died on November 20, 2019 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Bob was born in Harrisburg, Illinois the son of Buell and Carrie Wise. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant sister, Sharon. He was a member of the Chatham United Methodist Church. Bob married Joann Morescki in 1976. She survives him. Also surviving are three daughters: Chelle (Paschal) Kirby of Ft. Worth, TX, Jacque (Brandon) Booker of Chatham, IL and Laura Wise of Springfield, IL; two grandchildren Peyton and Madison Kirby; his brother Sam Wise and sister Janice (Jack) Hopkins. He graduated from Pope County Community High School in Golconda and continued his education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He began his professional career in an entry level position at the Illinois Department of Conservation in 1971.

Bob transferred to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in 1984 where he assumed similar responsibilities. He was later promoted to the Administrative Section Manager in the Division of Highways. Bob retired from IDOT with 34 years of state service. He lived by the credo, “That there was a place for everything and everything should be in its’ place.” Simply stated, Bob was the epitome of the organized person whether he was at work, home or at play.

Bob could not stand to be idle and engaged in a variety of part-time work after his full retirement. He became a good house painter and was responsible for the development of a one man effort to paint the inside of many houses throughout central Illinois. He was avidly interested in all types of autos and drove cars that needed to be relocated for Green Auto Stores. He traveled many thousands of miles throughout the Midwest, doing one of his favorite things, when cruising on the Interstate.

Bob and Joann took an extended vacation in California along the Pacific Coast to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. He managed the family farm in Pope County and worked on rehabbing properties in the local area. He also cared for the property of his daughters and was always available to help his friends with any of their sweat equity projects. He enjoyed his annual deer hunting trip to the family farm in Pope County.

Bob took great pride in his family, home, yard and automobiles. He was constantly in the process of updating his property. His yard looked as if it was cared for by a professional landscape company. Bob’s cars always looked like they had just been detailed for an auto show, even after a major snowstorm from the previous day. Bob was avid about staying physically fit and could be seen regularly jogging or biking on rural roads south of Chatham.

The Wise family will host a memorial gathering on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL from 9:00 am until the time of a memorial service at 11:00 am. Rev. Miriam Snider will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. Cremation Rites were accorded by the Bisch Crematory.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield or to the donors choice.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be shared with the family.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424

  • FAMILY

  • Buell Wise, Father
  • Carrie Wise, Mother
  • Joann Wise, Wife
  • Chelle (Paschal) Kirby, Daughter
  • Jacque(Brandon) Booker, Daughter
  • Laura Wise, Daughter
  • Peyton Kirby, Grandchild
  • Madison Kirby, Grandchild
  • Sam Wise, Brother
  • Janice (Jack) Hopkins, Sister
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Joseph's Home

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 25, 2019

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Carol Matheson

November 25, 2019

My heart is sad reading Bob's obituary. I worked at IDOT and it was always a delight to encounter him in the hallways. Always kind, always patient, always caring about those who were friends and any acquaintance in the work place. My God hold all of you close during the difficult days coming and may joyful memories fill you up.

Gayle Chrans

November 24, 2019

Steve and I send our sympathies to all of the Wise family.

Ali Choucair

November 23, 2019

To Joann and family
I am very sorry for your loss. We all lose when a human of the caliber of Bob leaves us. However, he forever lives in our memory. I was blessed and privileged to have known Bob and all of you. It was a gift for me to be one of his doctors for a short time. May you and your family be comforted that Bob will be in good company and amongst friends wherever he goes because of who he is .
My best wishes and heartfelt condolences.
Ali Choucair

Glenn Harper

November 23, 2019

Bob was my best friend of 49 years and he will be sorely missed. We openly shared many high and low points in our lives which made our friendship that much stronger. This came into a more distinct focus after Bob got the devastating diagnosis that he had terminal brain cancer.

I now treasure the many day long road trips we made during the past couple of years visiting locations that were a part of joint mutual experiences of our more youthful days. I just hope that my presence was helpful in our last times together.

Bob was liked by many people and this was a testament to his open and friendly manner. He was always available when one needed assistance on any concern, be it personal or work related. He mentored many younger employees and was truly respected by all who knew him.

I recall the time when an IDOT field office meeting with a District Engineer(DE) was interrupted because of a snafu in an emergency purchase which was required for highway safety. Bob had only been with the Department for four months and the solution to the problem was made by the DE: "WHY DON'T YOU CALL GOOD OLD BOB WISE IN SPRINGFIELD TO SEE WHAT WE NEED TO DO!" This incident demonstrated how much trust people put in Bob to solve their problems so that IDOT could accomplish its mission.

A note of tribute needs to be given to Joann as the primary care giver over the last three years. It is always this person who bears the greatest burden in dealing with all of the medical, financial and moral concerns that are heavily dropped on the family. Bob's daughters also assisted in this onerous task and his many friends helped share this load out of the respect they had for him. They, in their own small way, were thanking him for being such a good friend.

Barb Long

November 22, 2019

JoAnn and your family,
Condolences to everyone. Bob was a great guy always had a smile for people.
God Bless all of you at this sad time. RIP BOB.

Dinah Willard

November 22, 2019

Joann,

I am very sorry to learn of your loss. Please know I am thinking of you and the family.

Love,
Dinah Willard

Bill Pearman

November 22, 2019

So sad to learn of Bob’s passing. I worked with Bob on several projects at IDOT and he was always professional and easy going. Truly one of the nicest people to work with. My sympathies to the family.

Bob Buck

November 22, 2019

Sincere condolences to Joan & family.
I worked together with Bob at IDOT for many years traveling around the State with our Capitol Improvement Projects. Bob was probably the most organized in our group & was never asked a question he didn’t have the answer for. He was always fun to talk to about hunting,sports,working out etc. R.I.P. Bob

Bob Buck

Mike Summitt

November 22, 2019

Bob never knew the word no. He was always positive and helped anyone in need. Was a great man and will be missed. We need more Bob’s in this world!! RIP

Joel Sander

November 21, 2019

Joanne and Laura and family
So sorry for your loss. Sending my prayers in hope you find some comfort in them.
God Bless.
Joel Sander

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Biography

Bob R. Wise, 71, of Chatham, Illinois died on November 20, 2019 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Bob was born in Harrisburg, Illinois the son of Buell and Carrie Wise. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant sister, Sharon. He was a member of the Chatham United Methodist Church. Bob married Joann Morescki in 1976. She survives him. Also surviving are three daughters: Chelle (Paschal) Kirby of Ft. Worth, TX, Jacque (Brandon) Booker of Chatham, IL and Laura Wise of Springfield, IL; two grandchildren Peyton and Madison Kirby; his brother Sam Wise and sister Janice (Jack) Hopkins. He graduated from Pope County Community High School in Golconda and continued his education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He began his professional career in an entry level position at the Illinois Department of Conservation in 1971.

Bob transferred to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in 1984 where he assumed similar responsibilities. He was later promoted to the Administrative Section Manager in the Division of Highways. Bob retired from IDOT with 34 years of state service. He lived by the credo, “That there was a place for everything and everything should be in its’ place.” Simply stated, Bob was the epitome of the organized person whether he was at work, home or at play.

Bob could not stand to be idle and engaged in a variety of part-time work after his full retirement. He became a good house painter and was responsible for the development of a one man effort to paint the inside of many houses throughout central Illinois. He was avidly interested in all types of autos and drove cars that needed to be relocated for Green Auto Stores. He traveled many thousands of miles throughout the Midwest, doing one of his favorite things, when cruising on the Interstate.

Bob and Joann took an extended vacation in California along the Pacific Coast to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. He managed the family farm in Pope County and worked on rehabbing properties in the local area. He also cared for the property of his daughters and was always available to help his friends with any of their sweat equity projects. He enjoyed his annual deer hunting trip to the family farm in Pope County.

Bob took great pride in his family, home, yard and automobiles. He was constantly in the process of updating his property. His yard looked as if it was cared for by a professional landscape company. Bob’s cars always looked like they had just been detailed for an auto show, even after a major snowstorm from the previous day. Bob was avid about staying physically fit and could be seen regularly jogging or biking on rural roads south of Chatham.

The Wise family will host a memorial gathering on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL from 9:00 am until the time of a memorial service at 11:00 am. Rev. Miriam Snider will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. Cremation Rites were accorded by the Bisch Crematory.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield or to the donors choice.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be shared with the family.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424