Jack W. Wise
At age 5 in 1929, Jack moved to Gresham where he remained a resident until 2016. During those 87 years, he witnessed incredible changes and growth in Gresham. He attended West Gresham Grade School through 8th Grade, followed by Gresham High School from 1938 – 1942 where he was Senior Class President. Jack attended OSU for one term, leaving when his father died and then immediately enlisting in the US Army Air Forces in January 1943. Serving in the China-Burma-India Theater, Jack was a Mechanical Flight Engineer for the B-24's that flew "The Hump" over the Himalayas until WWII ended.
After returning to Gresham in November 1945, he became active in the local VFW and married Derelys (Dari) Nightingale in July 1946, followed by two children in 1949 and 1952. Two-time VFW Post 4032 Commander, plus District Commander and State VFW Offices, Jack remained active in VFW for many years. When he left the Hessels auto service department in the mid-50's, he worked in Portland as a gas and diesel pump repairman. In 1965, Jack joined the Gresham Elks and remained an active member for 50 years. Jack retired in January 1989 from Northwest Pump & Equipment in Portland to pursue his passion of travel and trailering. Dari passed in 1999. In 2003 Jack found love again, marrying Berneice Haney in 2004, and they shared time between Diamond Springs, CA, and Gresham until she passed in 2012. Following his son's (John Wise's) sudden death in 2015, Jack moved to Vancouver, WA in March 2016 to be closer to his daughter, Carol Meyer. He continued to actively RV through summer 2018, but sustained a fall-related brain bleed in late November followed by another one in late January 2019 which lead to his passing on February 19th at age 95. He is survived by his one daughter, his 2nd wife's family, and many friends who miss his gentle spirit. The Celebration of Life for Jack Wise will be on April 22nd at Touchmark at Fairway Village, 2911 SE Village Loop, Vancouver, WA, at 10:00 AM. A Private Interment with Military Honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.
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