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Irving (Gene) Eugene Wise

June 7, 1945 — February 29, 2024

Irving Eugene Wise, also known as Gene, Pops, and Dad

6 June 1945 - 29 February 2024

Irving Eugene Wise, fondly known as Gene, peacefully departed this world surrounded by his beloved family on February 29th, 2024, at 10:01 a.m. A devout disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Gene's life was a testament to his faith and love for his late wife, Marsha Wise, and their cherished children: Travis Wise, Todd Parks, and Tamara Parks, along with their families. He also held dear friendships within his church family, notably with Bob Naumann, and was esteemed by many in the community. He is survived by his sister, Karen Williams and Roger Wise and preceded in death by his brother, Richard Wise.

Gene, a rugged and romantic cowboy reminiscent of the Marlboro Man, was born and raised in Montana, graduating from Bozeman Senior High School. He answered the call to serve his country at the age of 20, He volunteered to join the U.S. Army during the draft. Stationed in Alaska, Gene's adventurous spirit led him to skydiving as a hobby before he served as a Combat Medic in Vietnam. He was assigned to the 33rd Medical Battalion as a combat medic earning the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Medal and Purple Heart for his valor.

Upon his honorable discharge in 1968, Gene pursued higher education, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Montana State University. He established roots in Montana, establishing Mr. Wise Cleaners in Great Falls, continuing his family's Entrepreneurial legacy, and overseeing the K Bar Ranch, a haven for Quarter Horses and equine enthusiasts in the region.

Gene's journey led him to Albuquerque, NM, where he found love and companionship with Marsha Wise, sharing nearly 28 years of marriage until her passing. Amidst his grief, Gene found solace in his faith, actively participating in church life and finding joy in family gatherings and the simple pleasures of life, often accompanied by his faithful dog, Cinder.

Retirement brought Gene newfound passions, notably woodworking, through which he crafted lasting treasures for his family. His final year was marked by adventures, including visits to loved ones in Montana, train rides with dear friends, and a meaningful trip to the Noah's Ark and Creation museums in Kentucky, where he marveled at God's creations.

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