My grandpa

Last Saturday, my grandpa passed away.  He was 98 years old and a true gem.  I am posting his obit here but will likely write some more over the coming days.  His funeral was Wednesday and, as much as I miss him, I was delighted to hear stories people told about my grandpa.  He was a character and a great man.

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Homer Glenn Wise, 98, of Tionesta, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Oakwood Heights (formerly the Presbyterian Home), Oil City.  He was born March 25, 1914 in Clarion, son of the late LaVern B. and Edith (Hoover) Wise.  On April 3, 1935 he married Florence B. (Gardner) Wise in Pittsburgh. His loving wife died on  March 21, 2003, after nearly 68 years of marriage.  Glenn and his wife owned and operated Wise Sunoco of Tionesta (now Greathouse Body Shop)  until 1959. He and his wife also ran a concession stand at the Tionesta Dam along with Wise Boat Livery where he sold boats, motors, chainsaws and accessories.  He was a foreman for 20 years at the Evenflo-Crator Manufacturing Plant in Tionesta retiring in 1978. He then went to work for the Forest Hardware also of Tionesta.  He was twice Past Master of Olive Temple Lodge #557 Free and Accepted Masons of Tionesta.  He was also a member of the Coudersport Consistory and Scottish Rite. He was one of the founding members of the Tionesta Volunteer Fire Co., and was a search and rescue scuba diver.  Glenn and his wife were devoted members of the Tionesta United Methodist Church where he held many positions.  Surviving are his daughter, Janice Patterson and her husband, Fred, of Tionesta; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Glenn was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Mellon in 1992; a grandson, Jonathan Patterson in infancy; four brothers, Mervin, Hobart, Elmer and Stanley Wise; and five sisters, LeVera Reynolds, Ethel Wolfe, Grace Startzel, Blanche Wise and Doris Cooper.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Tionesta. A funeral service will be conducted on at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Tionesta United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Mark Hurst, pastor of the church, and the Rev. Bruce K. Merritt of the Nixon United Methodist Church of Butler, PA., co-officiating. Burial will occur at Mt. Collins Cemetery, Tionesta.

7 thoughts on “My grandpa

  1. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Sounds like he had quite the life! I really liked the picture on the right.

  2. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. Sounds like he had a very full life with many interesting jobs and sidelines.

  3. So sorry for your loss. The last paragraph of his obit tells the story of a man that had many losses in his own life. How wonderful that he was able to retain his sense of humor and still be a “character”. He will certainly have a lot of happy reunions up at the pearly gates :-). Looking forward to your memories.

  4. Dear Warren, I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. He sounds like a wonderful man and I am sure you learned much from him. I too look forward to hearing your thoughts and memories.

    As I read through the obituary, I see that your great grandmother was a Hoover. My people landed in Pa. in the 1700’s and they were Hoovers! Are you my cousin??

  5. Warren-
    So sorry to hear about your grandfather. From the information in his obit, it sounds like he led an interesting life. You are fortunate to have had him as such an important part of your life. May your memories provide you comfort in the difficult days to come.

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