Paul 'Hank' Wiseman


Paul "Hank" Wiseman, 85, of Green Valley, Ariz., former Defiance resident and owner of Arps Dairy, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, following a brief illness.

He was born to Ray and Fannie Wiseman on April 24, 1927. In 1945, he married Jean VanDemark, who preceded him in death in 2004. He was a kind and generous man and will be greatly missed by daughters,Vicki (Marvin) Helmke and Sue (Steve) Boomer; grandchildren, Matt (Stephanie) Helmke, Lisa Helmke, Dr. Laura Boomer, Charlie Helmke and Kate Boomer Weaver. There are three great-granddaughters, Ashton Helmke, Abigayle Helmke and Nora Weaver.

In 2009, he married Marian Olson with whom he shared six children, 20 grandchildren, as well as 20 great-grandchildren. He is survived by sisters, Faye (Rex) Hall, Mary Ann (Howard) Hunt, Lucille Heuer and Edna Mason; and brothers, John (Beth), Lavon (Jean) and Pete (Marilyn)Wiseman; with a half sister, Agnes McBride.

Preceding him in death were three siblings, Ruth, Mildred and Frank.

Hank began working for Arps Dairy as a teenager and remained there for 65 years, building the business into a successful local institution. He took great pride in creating jobs, using local dairy producers, and supporting the Defiance area. He left the dairy business for a short time to serve in the Army in Korea. Hank was an avid bridge player and will be remembered for his quick wit. He belonged to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Defiance.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. The family will greet friends an hour before the service at the church.

Preferred memorials can be made to St. Paul's food pantry.

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