Charles David Wisham, 89

Charles David Wisham (Skip) went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

He was born May 2, 1925 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. His parents Charles Owen Wisham and Margaret Belle Wentzel moved to Bridgeton, N.J. where Skip attended the public schools until he enrolled at Bordentown Military Academy for his last year of high school.

Skip is a WWII veteran having enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp where he served his country as an airplane mechanic. His tour of duty took him completely around the world including the countries of Burma, Germany, India, Japan, and more.

In 1949, he married Mildred Francisco MacPherson a native of Bridgeton and also WWII veteran who served as an army physical therapist in continental United States. Skip worked for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company where he was an installer, lineman, and subway inspector. He retired in 1981.

Skip was an outdoorsman at heart. This led to his purchase of acreage in West Virginia where he and his wife, Mildred, planned to live out their retirement in the beauty of the Mountain State.

Skip was a caring family man who provided a comfortable home and wonderful experiences for his wife and two daughters. Memories of camping adventures are among the highlights. The Great Smoky Mountains was one of the early destinations. Camping in the National Forest produced favorite family stories like the day that Mom and the girls went to town for groceries. Skip stayed to stand guard at the campsite. During his watch, a black bear lumbered into camp deciding he would have lunch from the Wisham cooler. The bear picked up the cooler; then dropped it. Skip wasted no time…he grabbed a popcorn popper and chased the intruder away. That bear soon learned he shouldn't mess with Skip!

Memories of other trips such as camping in the Black Hills, Badlands, and the Grand Tetons were among the fondest. Skip always planned these adventures way before they happened…he was always well prepared. You could tell he was a Boy Scout leader. Special adventures included hiking mountain trails, visiting landmarks, and even taking horseback trail rides!

Skip knew how to work hard, but he also knew how to have good family fun. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. We know, however, he is now walking heaven's streets of gold hand in hand with Mildred at his side once again.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Margaret "Peggy" Fenstermacher of Dixfield, ME and Virginia L. "Ginger" Jacobs of Quakertown, PA; seven grandchildren, Rachel Jacobs, Mark Jacobs and wife, Heidi, April DeFry and husband, Jason, Angela Aulph and husband, Kevin, Abigail M. Amato and husband, Anthony, Aaron Fenstermacher and Arik D. Fenstermacher; five great grandchildren, Wesley Fry, Brett Fry, Trevor Fry, Kierston Fry and Raphaela Aulph; cousin, Bill Wisham.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred MacPherson Wisham; parents, Charles Owen and Margaret Belle Wentzell Wisham.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 29 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Justin S. Simmons officiating. Burial with military honors accorded by the U.S. Army and Lewis County Honor Guard will be in the Broad Run Cemetery, Jane Lew, Lewis County. Friends may call one hour before the funeral.

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