Eugene Wise |

Eugene Wise

Graveside services for Eugene “Gene” Wise were conducted Thursday at San Joaquin National Cemetery.

Mr. Wise died Saturday, July 27, in Grass Valley. He was 82.

He was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Anderson, Ind., to Emmet Wise and Marie Hasket. After the death of his parents, he lived with his grandparents on their farm until graduating from Frankton High in 1938. He left Anderson in 1939 and worked as an apprentice machinist for Hoyt Machine Co., Ertel Machine and Curtiss Wright.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945. After his discharge, he worked as a tool and die maker journeyman for Anderson Tool Co. in Indiana, and embarked on a long career in the machinery field with a variety of firms. He retired from Plastic Systems, Inc. in Santa Ana in 1976. He married Sarah Agresti on Dec. 8, 1979, in Reno.

He enjoyed speedboat racing and motorcycle road racing. He built replicas of the Bowers Fly Baby and the Demonselle planes.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Wise of Grass Valley; daughters and sons-in-laws Linda and Michael Medina of Mission Hills and Susan and John Porter of Palmdale; son and daughter-in-law, Garry and Jeanine Wise of Anderson, Ind.; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law Angelo and Linda Maccano of Lake Wildwood; stepson Val Maccano of Phoenix; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Joseph and Josephine Agresti of Rochester, N.Y., Frank and Linda Agresti of Rochester, N.Y., and Angelo and Nancy Agresti of Somerset, Ma.; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wives Mary and Dolores.

The family prefers memorial contributions to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

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