October 4, 1939 ~ November 1, 2020 (age 81)


Russell Eugene Wise (Gene) fell asleep in death November 1, 2020 surrounded by family. Gene was born October 4, 1939 in Sandpoint, ID to Russell and Gayle (Armstrong) Wise. He grew up on the family farm, one of eight siblings in Heron, Montana. He attended school at Heron Elementary and graduated from Noxon High School in 1958. He worked for the Forest Service for a few years before starting his own logging business.

Gene was a logger, providing logs to many of the mills in NW Montana and Idaho. Gene felt at home in the woods, he loved logging. But there was something that Gene loved even more, and that was his relationship with his God, Jehovah. In 1974 Gene was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Through the years he served as an elder in both the Noxon Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and then in the Libby Congregation where he was dearly loved and respected by all. He helped many in both congregations by making time to study the bible with them, helping them on the road to everlasting life. Gene enjoyed snowmobiling in his younger years as well as hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries and gardening.  He will be dearly missed by all.

Gene is survived by his wife Mary of 32 years; daughters Marie (Don) Rasmussen, Tracy (Bob) Roullier, and Wendy (Brian) Rick all of Missoula, MT; stepsons Peter (Meng) Cady, Forest Grove, OR; Richard (Kirsten) Cady, Libby; Kenneth (Kimie) Cady, Jakarta, Indonesia; and Chuck (Denise) Cady, Scottsdale, AZ;   sisters Lela Wilson, Heron, MT; JoAnne Miller, Noxon, MT; and Betty Grigsby, Florence, MT; brother Harold (Mary) Wise of Libby;  11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved so well.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Paul and sisters Patty (Skip) Thompsom and Juanita (Glenn) Watters.

Virtual services will be held via Zoom on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm.  Meeting ID: 872 1609 9932 and passcode: 323921. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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Memorial Service
November 7, 2020

2:00 PM

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