Keith Wise

Born: Mon., Jun. 19, 1939
Died: Fri., Jun. 14, 2019


Memorial Gathering

10:00 AM Sat., Jun. 29, 2019
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop


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Pastor Keith Burnell Wise passed away on June 14, 2019 in Pendleton, Oregon with complications of a progressive neurologic disorder called multiple-system atrophy.  This disorder stole his ability to speak clearly, which was very frustrating for a lifelong minister.  A memorial service will take place at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel on Saturday June 29 at 10 a.m. followed by a lunch for his family at his favorite restaurant, Roosters.

Keith was born in Gap, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Levi N. and Ida M. Wise.  He graduated from Pequea Valley High School in Kinzers, PA.,  and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.  While attending United Theological Seminary he married Patricia Petrullo.  They had four children.  Keith served in the Eastern Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the United Methodist Church (formerly EUV) in Southern New Jersey Conference.  Keith was sent by the National Board of Missions to a missionary church in Homer, Alaska, serving a tri-church ministry with Homer, Seldovia and Ninilchik churches from 1972 to 1983.   He then served the New Hope Church, a combined Presbyterian - Methodist congregation in North Pole, Alaska from 1983 to 1992.  He especially loved attending meetings in which Korean, Athabaskan and English speaking congregations sang How Great Thou Art in their native tongues blending so beautifully together.  When time allowed, Keith loved to go hunting and fishing with friends and family.  After a divorce in 1992 he left the Alaska Missionary Conference to serve in the Oregon-Idaho Conference.

In 1994 Keith moved to Rupert, Idaho where he was pastor of the Rupert United Methodist Church.  He married Jean Dunn in 1995. Keith especially loved baptizing family campers in the South Fork of the Boise River at Sawtooth Camp.  Keith became a voluntary Idaho State Police chaplain.  It was required that he ride with the troopers a number of hours each month, therefore, getting to know them well.  As well as loving his church ministry and the members at Rupert Church, he loved being an ISP chaplain.  He was part of supporting the troopers as well as his duties as a chaplain.

In 2005, after 44 years in the ministry he retired and he and Jean moved to Pendleton, Oregon.  He continued doing chaplain work for St. Anthony Hospital and enjoyed working with co-workers, working with patients in the hospital and on-call emergency room visits and also as hospice chaplain.  Hospice program was extremely important to him.  Keith continued to be connected to the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church by serving on Board of Trustees and Camp and Retreat Ministry before his illness slowed him down.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Wise; sister, Sherlyn Gregg; former wife, Patricia Wise; two sons, Michael (Karyn) Wise,  and Matthew (Irene) Wise, and two daughters, Kathleen Edic, and Kristin (Gary) Wolf.  Step-sons are Randy (Lynn) Dunn and Dan Dunn.  He is also survived by nephew, Jerry (Jennifer) Gregg and Sondra (Dennis) Groff, and great-nieces and nephews.  Grandchildren are: Heather Edic, Megan Edic, Michael Wise, Jr., Sarah Manalisay, Riley, Chris and Maya Wise; and, step-grandchildren Tristan, Morgan, Cody and Mackenzie Dunn.

Memorial donations can be made to PAWS in Pendleton, OR; Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue online, or to your favorite charity.  

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Jennifer and Tracy Olson
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Although we never met Keith we knew of him through his wife Jean. We heard many stories and don't doubt he was an awesome man. Our prayers are with Jean and the family in there time of loss.

Mike and Judy Graham-Barnes
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Keith is one of our all-time favorite people! We look forward to seeing him again. Meanwhile, we send our love to Jean and the family. (RUMC organist and her sidekick. )

Vanestra Myers
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by FAA EOSH Services Group.

The FAA EOSH Services group sends their condolences and sincere prayers to Kathleen Edic and her family on the passing of their beloved father. May God continue to bless you with strength, prayers, and peace.


Gordon & Helen Byrnes
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
Jean, so sorry to read of Keith's passing. Please know that Gordon and I send our deepest sympathy.

Carleen B Clayville
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
Dear Jean and family
I'm so sorry to hear about Keith's illness and passing. He was a friend to all, and a wonderful pastor. Our prayers go out to you all! Sincerely, Carleem

Geri Benshoof
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
To Keith's family,
Lyman and I extend our sympathy to you all for the loss of Keith. We have fond memories of his time at New Hope Church in North Pole.
Geri Benshoof

Tod & Lorie Case
   Posted Fri June 28, 2019
Dear Jean & Family,

We were sorry to hear about Keith's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We really enjoyed getting to know Keith through Kiwanis and the many activities that we did. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend his memorial service on Saturday due to prior commitments. Keith will be missed.

Tod & Lorie

Mike and Debra Artist
   Posted Fri June 28, 2019
Kathleen and family,
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. He truly had a great life filled with adventure and a love for the ministry.

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