Jack Theo “Ted” Wise II


Jack Theo “Ted” Wise II

Springfield, IL-Jack Theo “Ted” Wise, 65 of Springfield, IL, passed away on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at his home.

Ted was born April 23, 1953 in Jacksonville, IL, the son of Jack Theo and Velma Snyder Wise. He married Karen Drake in December 1989 on a boat in Cancun and again (legally) in March 1990.

Ted was a 1971 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 1975 graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in animal science. A talented football player and wrestler in high school, he was a member of the SIU Saluki Football Team playing nose guard and linebacker from 1971 – 1975 and was given the Harry Bobbitt Spirit Award. During his career, he worked as a hog farmer, pellet mill manager and then spent many years in sales of specialty animal feeds. Most recently he worked for Sacred Heart-Griffin HS and the New Berlin School District as a substitute teacher stating that 1stgrade was his most interesting assignment! Since 2002, Coach “Teddy” Wise was a beloved part of the Sacred Heart-Griffin football staff coaching the defensive line and assisting with strength training. He was a WWII and aviation history enthusiast, a committed and involved member of the First Church of the Brethren and enjoyed visiting his son in Florida and grandchildren in Texas whenever he could. He had recently started ballroom dance lessons with his wife and despite a lack of rhythm, truly believed he was a Fred Astaire in the making.

He was preceded in death by his father Jack Wise. He is survived by his mother Velma Wise, wife Karen Drake Wise, son Jack Wise III (Mabely), sister Mary Todd Kaercher (Carl) and their two sons Mark Kritz (Migena) and Joseph Kaercher (Toni), stepdaughter Jennifer Slightom-Jones (Bryan), grandchildren Corrigan & Zoë Jones, and additional nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews who all loved Uncle Ted.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 23, 2019 at Sacred Heart Griffin West Campus Gymnasium Springfield, IL. Rev. Dr. Bobbi Dykma officiating. An informal come and go reception will follow services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SHG Annual Fund in memory of Ted Wise or First Church of the Brethren Springfield, IL. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

14 thoughts on “Jack Theo “Ted” Wise II

  1. Sorry to hear of my friend and teammate at SIU being taken to Heaven with Our Lord Jesus a little to soon.Teddy was one of the most kind an generous human beings God put on this earth. He was a tough kid on the field and a loyal teammate. Though I hadn’t seen or spoken with Teddy since exiting SIU in 1975 I still can feel his huge smile he always expressed !!
    Rest In Peace my friend !!

  2. I was in shock when I heard about Ted. I was really looking forward to seeing him at our next class reunion, he always made people laugh and feel good. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jeanne McCulloch Rourke

  3. Wise Family, We’re really saddened to hear of Ted’s death. He was an extraordinary, bigger than life character, and was loved by so many. Please know that our thoughts are with you.

  4. Sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Ted had been coming to the elevator for years, he was a great man who would do anything for you. He had a great sense of humor too, he will be missed.

    • Ted will be missed . Was a good friend and classmate. So from the Robert Bruner family you have our prayers.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss, your brother looked like a person who made many people happy. Thoughts have been with you this week. Our love, Dawn & Steve Swanson

  6. Velma, “Toddy” and family,
    When I learned of Ted’s passing, I was shocked and deeply saddened, I am so sorry for your loss. Although our paths diverted years ago, Ted was a great guy and I will always cherish our friendship. I will always have fond memories of the many days and nights spent at the Wise farm on Lake Jacksonville growing up. As an over the road truck driver, I regret that I will miss the service, but I will be there in spirit; my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Ted rest in peace and God bless him as he begins his journey of eternal life.

    Bill Sullivan

  7. To the Wise Family.. Our prayers and thought are with you.. He was great man he really had an impact on my son! May his sole Rest In Peace
    Fisher/ Fowler Family

  8. So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Our paths first crossed back in high school when he played FB and wrestled for Jacksonville and I did the same for Springfield HS. When he joined the SHG staff we again found each other on the opposite side of the athletic field. I always respected Ted’s tenacity and love of coaching. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Unfortunately I’ll be out of town Saturday afternoon but my thoughts and prayers will be with the family in the days and months ahead. Please take comfort knowing his legacy will live on in all the lives he touched.
    “Coach” John Oaks

  9. We are so sorry for your loss, Mary Todd and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. The Shephard family

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