Wise, Robert Stephen, passed away peacefully in Walnut Creek, CA on July 16, 2013. He was born in Wichita on June 1, 1926, to Harberd Steve and Lois Edmundson Wise. Bob was a Boy Scout and the youngest in Troop 1 at the time to become an Eagle Scout. He attended Wichita North High School and upon graduation earned a commission to the U.S. Naval Academy where he became an ensign in 1946. Bob married the former Elizabeth "Cissy" Faulders, July 15, 1950, in Wichita. Both "town" people, they settled at the Wise ranch in Greenwood County where Bob and Cissy tried their hands at farming, which produced many amusing stories. His country called him back to service during the Korean War as captain of a medical ship serving in the Japanese Islands. After his military duty Bob returned to Kansas and he and Cissy settled in Wichita. Bob joined his father's distribution company and within a few years set out on his own in the agricultural chemical business. Bob was the consummate entrepreneur and throughout his long career successfully bought and built businesses involved in agriculture, home gardening and consumer products. He was instrumental in creating national trade organizations and won many industry awards for his efforts and leadership. Civically active, Bob served in leadership positions with the Masons, the Quivira Council of the BSA, Rotary, Wesley Hospital, and the Wichita Chamber. His wife Cissy preceded him in death, and in 1990 Bob married the former Barbara Gill Lee of Orinda, CA. Barbara and Bob were married for 23 happy years and Bob thoroughly enjoyed his second life. They enjoyed an active social life, traveled, and loved playing bridge and tennis. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his sister, Jean Springfield; sons, Stephen (Robin), Marc, Scott (Jennifer); and Barbara's children, Randy Lee, Elizabeth (John) Delahaye, and Tom (Kathy) Lee. Bob is also survived by ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A celebration of his life will be held at the Wichita Country Club on August 14, from 4 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to The Boy Scouts of America, Quivera Council, 1555 E. 2nd St., Wichita, KS 67214 and Botanica-The Wichita Gardens, 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS 67203.
Published in The Wichita Eagle on July 21, 2013