Robert Lee Wise MIDLAND- Robert Lee Wise, Jr., 54, of Midland, passed away at his home, surrounded by the ones he loved. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Stonegate Fellowship, with Chris Hale, State of Texas Fire Department Chaplain, officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. He was born on January 12, 1959, in Midland, to Robert Lee Wise, Sr. and Beverly Fisher. He married Sue Brittain on May 19, 1984, in Midland. Lee received his Associates Degree in Fire Science from Midland College and served with the Midland Fire Department for 27 years, the last 17 as Captain and Paramedic. He also was the Plank Owning President of the IAFF Local 4405 for over 8 years. In his spare time, he was an avid reader, crossword puzzle buff, and loved Blues music. Because of his knowledge, Robert had an eloquent vocabulary to his writings. Lee was always there for people in every capacity. He was known for his leadership, generosity, and compassion. In his profession, he defined the phrase First in, last out! Lee has bestowed upon us the importance and true meaning of the words Brotherhood, Sacrifice, and Unity, and has left a living legacy for both current and future members of the Local 4405. The family would like to say a BIG thank you to Home Hospice, Dr. David Watkins and staff at the Allison Cancer Center, Dr. Jeff Lamont at Baylor Medical Center, and our family at the Midland Fire Department. Lee is survived by his wife, Sue Wise; his daughter, Sara Wise; his parents, Robert Lee, Sr. and Beverly Wise; his granddaughter, Cayden Savage, all of Midland; his sister, Mary Ann Wise of Austin; and two nephews, Casey Billingsley and Keith Brittain. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Waldo H. Fisher; and his paternal grandparents, Thelma and Bunyan Wise. The family suggests memorials to be made to PFAM Benevolence, 602 N. Baird Ste 207, Midland, Texas, 79701 Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 26, 2013