Richard E. Wise

By | August 6, 2020

Richard Edward Wise, 78, slipped away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 with his daughter by his side.  He was born Dec. 18, 1941, to the late John H. & Ruth C. (Miller) Wise, Sr., in Columbus, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Richard Wise; his brother, John H. Wise, Jr.; his sister, Nancy E. (Bill Wright) Wise; and one niece.

He is survived by his daughter, Julie (J. Lee Dunaway, Jr.) Wise of Chillicothe; his sister, Ruth Ann (Ralph Strader) Wise of Columbus; his grandson, Jesse Lee Dunaway, III (Kayla Gobel) of Chillicothe; his three granddaughters — Samantha Ann (Khristopher D. Powell, Sr.) Dunaway of Wheelersburg, Sarah Elizabeth Wise of Chillicothe, and Brittany Ann Dunaway (Skyler Scott) of Chillicothe; his great-grandson, Khristopher D. Powell, Jr.; several cousins, four nieces, and eight great-nephews. Also, his longtime friends — Charlene Mullins of Jackson, and Floyd and Wilma (Rickie) Cooper of Jackson.

He moved from Grove City, Ohio in July 1976 to Jackson.  He loved flea marketing, fishing, watching television, collecting guns and knives and loved just being on his land with his beloved dog, Bob.  He made his home on Sharonville Road in Limerick, for over 40 years.  He retired from Merillat Industries of Jackson in 1995. Richard was also a veteran of the United States Army.  In 2017, due to his ailing health he was forced to move into Logan Elm Healthcare Facility, Circleville.

A special “Thank You” to the entire staff at Logan Elm. They always went above and beyond to care for all his needs; they were our heroes before the pandemic ever started.  I would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for providing “comfort care” to him in his final days. Arrangements have been entrusted to Defenbaugh-Wise-Schoedinger Funeral Home. Please visit to share a memory or condolence with Richard’s family.