John L. Wise, a lifelong resident of Sutter County, found peace after a more than yearlong battle with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
John leaves behind his adoring wife, Connie; three daughters, Trudy Nygren (Jim), Tammy Wise (Jeff Miller), and Janelle Graves (Todd); six grandchildren, (Danielle Nygren; Owen, Emily, and Ellie Miller; Sydney and Parker Graves); brother, Richard Wise, two nieces, and beloved family friend Lisa Niesen.
His parents, Nathan and Lucille Wise, preceded him in death.
John was born on November 30, 1939. He graduated from East Nicolaus High School, attended San Jose State, and served in the Air Force National Guard. John began his career working for N.D. Wise Insurance, leaving after 10 years to begin a career in real estate development. In addition to developing various commercial properties in the Yuba City area, John was one of the original developers and owners of River Oaks Golf Club in Nicolaus.
John's greatest accomplishment was not a business success, but was instead the loving relationship he and Connie created over their 51 years of marriage. John's legacy in this world is that he showed his daughters, and all those around him, the power of the deep and never-ending love he shared with Connie. John liked to 'play it by ear' and always lived life to the fullest. He was a true believer in the Rube Goldberg method of repairs of all kind, had a mean spin ball serve that annoyed many a tennis competitor, was a horrible spades partner, was an aficionado of low cost fashion and wine, and could often be found price shopping at the 'Marts' (both K and Wal). He was a loyal customer of slip-on Florsheim shoes (in all colors) and was probably the first and last to successfully pair them with a sweat suit. He had a wicked sense of humor, was always up for a practical joke, was an accomplished Boom Bah player, a surprisingly graceful dancer, a great storyteller, and an even better listener.
Graveside services will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Sutter Cemetery. Family and friends are also invited to gather at the Wise family residence for a celebration of John's life directly following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John's name to the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS, 800 NE Tenney Road, Suite 110-412, Vancouver, WA 98685) or Sutter North Hospice (400 Plumas Boulevard, Suite 115, Yuba City, CA 95991).
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 2, 2013