Marion Arthur "Jim" Wise passed away December 31, 2014. He was a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Marion was preceded in death by his mother Emma Shoemaker Wise, father Maynard Marion Wise, wife Mildred of forty-nine years, brother Larry, and sister Bernadine.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Linda, a son Gary, daughter-in-law Pamela and granddaughter Amanda. He is also survived by a brother Jan Franklin, a sister-in-law Patricia, nephews Michael, Greg and Brian and many great-nieces and great-nephews. His extended family includes a stepdaughter Kelly Schuellein, her husband Paul and their children, James, Brian and Heidi, a step-son Neal Insley, his wife Madelyn and sons Ross and Grady.
Marion was born in Fostoria, Ohio and served in the U.S. Air Force 13 Bomb Squadron as a gunner in the Korean War [Korean Service Medal]. He retired from NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton Virginia where he was involved in the space program. In later years he served as a docent at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA and worked with Habitat for Humanity Smithfield, Va. He was a member of many organizations, but HAM Radio was his passion.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10th at 11 a.m. at the West Neck Village Hall, 2580 Signature Drive, Virginia Beach, VA.
A graveside service will be held at Arlington Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be given to the Wounded Warrior Project at the following website: [woundedwarriorproject.org]
ARRL Roanoke Division Assistant Director and DXpeditioner Marion A. “Jim” Wise, W4PRO, of Virginia Beach, Virginia died December 31. He was 86. An ARRL Life Member, Wise was well-known within the Tidewater Amateur Radio community.
Licensed in 1948 as W8YHV in his native Ohio, he served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, then worked for NASA until he retired in 1988. He was a part of special event ham operations from the museum battleship USS Wisconsin (N4WIS).
W4PRO belonged to the First-Class Operators Club, the A1 Operators Club, and the Quarter Century Wireless Association. He was involved in several DX operations from 1970s until 2004. A CW aficionado, he was on the DXCC Honor Roll and had completed 5-Band DXCC and 160 Meter DXCC.
Survivors include his wife Linda, W7PRO. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10, at 11 AM at the West Neck Village Hall, 2580 Signature Drive, Virginia Beach.