Arkell Wisely

Born: Wed., Sep. 9, 1925
Died: Mon., Jul. 9, 2018


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jul. 14, 2018
Location: Oblong First Baptist Church

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 14, 2018
Location: Oblong First Baptist Church

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Mr. Arkell Wisely age 92 of Oblong, IL died Monday July 9, 2018 at 8:20 AM at Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong, IL.

He was born in Elkville, IL on September 9, 1925 to Fred C. Wisely and Nellie Grace (Todd) Wisely.  On August 16, 1952 he married Norma Elizabeth Sneed who survives.

Arkell started his teaching career as a high school biology and social studies teacher. He also coached several team at Sesser Goode Barren School, Elkville Schools and Seneca Schools before become the Superintendent of Schools in Palmyra, IL.  In 1971 he became the Superintendent of Oblong Schools, retiring in 1983.  He was a member of the Elkville High School Class of 1943, and graduated from Monmouth College in 1950.  He was also a member of the Lions Club in Oblong and Seneca, IL; member of EC-100, which was made up of school Superintendents from all over Southern Illinois; a very active member of the Oblong First Baptist Church where he had served as Deacon and Sunday School director, and both Arkell and Norma were members of the Nature Conservancy for many years. Students in some of the schools he had taught in had also made him an honorary member of the FFA.  Arkell had also served in the United States Navy during WWII.  Arkell was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed watching all kinds of sports. He mostly followed the University of Michigan and the St. Louis Cardinals. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Norma Wisely, Oblong, IL; two sons and daughter-in-law Donald and Kathy Wisely, Oblong, IL and Stephen D. Wisely, Oblong, IL; a daughter and son-in-law Debora and Mike Walls, Robinson, IL; four grandchildren Joel Wisely, Robb and Kaley Wisely, Kevin Wall and fianc√© Francesca Baglieri, Rachel and Lupe Hernandez.  He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law Tom and Joanne Wisely, Sun City, FL., and a sister Audrey Rich, Cypress, TX along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister Kathleen King.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday July 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, Oblong, IL.  Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, Oblong, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Oblong or the Oblong Schools Academic Foundation.

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James and Jo Ellen Rich
   Posted Tue July 10, 2018
We love you, Uncle Barky
Thank you for loving us and sharing your home with us. We'll see you again in Heaven.

Forrest Wisely
   Posted Wed July 11, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Forrest Wisely.

My deepest sympathy to the family. Arkell was a wonderful person and a great story teller. He was the first cousin of that generation to go the college that laid the path for some of the rest of us. Thank you cousin Arkell.

Linda & Clifford Unger
   Posted Fri July 13, 2018
Our thoughts & prayers go out to each of You as You say good-bye here on this earth to your loved one !! Of course we all know that HEAVEN is a grand place that he has journeyed to. God be with You all at this difficult time.

Amy Kellenburger
   Posted Fri July 13, 2018

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Kellenburger's .

Thinking of you at this time. From Kellenburger's.

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