Master wood craftsman, enjoyed boating

Lester Allen Wise, age 78, of Gravois Mills, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home.  He was born December 21, 1934, in Cherry Box, Missouri, a son of the late Claude Lester and Louise Jones Wise.

 On September 10, 1990, he was united in marriage to Carole L. “Bart” Vogel, who preceded him in death on June 19, 2007.

 Lester worked for the Railroad as a Yard Master until his retirement.  He retired to the Lake of the Ozarks where he enjoyed living and boating.  He loved caring for his friends and his neighborhood.  He was an avid wood craftsman constructing cabinets for many people in the lake area.

 Lester was a member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie and a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 

He is survived by his daughters, Pam Darrington and husband George of Overland Park, Kansas and Terri Richey and husband Patrick of Mission, Kansas; son, Lester Allen Wise II of Bonner Springs, Kansas; step-daughters, Kelly Vogel of Lawrence, Kansas and Kristie Shaffer of Tonganoxie, Kansas; three grandchildren, Lily Darrington, Emily Darrington and Matthew Darrington and wife Leslie; two great-grandchildren, Maliyah and Gracyn; four step-grandchildren, Sean Schaffer, Marlee Schaffer, Nick Schaffer and Riley Vogel; two step-great-grandchildren, Felicity and Zyler; brothers, Lauren Wise of Garden City, Missouri and Paul Wise and wife Caroline of Ohio; sisters, Rose Little and husband Tom of Nemo, Missouri, Joy Dorgan of Garden City, Missouri and Carol Sumptner and husband Richard of Overland Park, Kansas; and many other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Amos Wise.

 Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie with Reverend Rick White officiating.  Graveside services and interment will follow in the Garber Memorial Estates Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the church.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online at  Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.