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Joseph Arthur “Art” Wiseman

d. November 19, 2023

Joseph Arthur Wiseman, age 88, of Athens, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He was born on March 20, 1935, in Petersburg, Illinois, the son of Glenn and Clara (Tibbs) Wiseman.

Art married Dorothy Sanderfield on September 11, 1954, in Petersburg, Illinois.  They were married for 69 years.

Mourning his passing are his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Debbie (husband Steve) Kelly, Cathy Wiseman, and Linda Jo Doggett; grandchildren, Eric Kelly, Chrissy Smith, Rachel (husband Chip) Turner, Lara (husband Joe) Morelock, and Doug Bennett; great-grandchildren, Anna Schoenhard, Eli “Chuck” Schoenhard, Lane Smith, Grace Schoenhard, Angie Turner, David Turner, Ethan Turner, and Everly Morelock; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.

Art graduated from Harris High School in Petersburg, Illinois.

He worked as a carpenter and mechanic throughout his life.  He also worked as a Service Manager at Kinser Ford in Petersburg and a Ford dealership in Springfield.

He attended New Life Baptist Church.

Art enjoyed designing and building train sets and displaying them at train shows in Springfield and Chatham.  He also worked extensively in his personal workshop inventing and repairing many things.  He liked to garden and work in his yard.  He designed and built his own home and multiple homes.  He completely remodeled all his children’s homes.  Art loved teaching his grandchildren and helping others.

Private services will be held with Pastor Milton Crain officiating.

Memorials can be made to New Life Baptist Church.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. I remember Art fondly, from my younger years when Steve and Debbie were dating and I spent time with Kathy or across the street with Myra. He was such a strong loving presence. Mostly quiet until you got to know his quick wit and joking around side. He could fix anything, especially if it was wooden and humbly created such beautiful chairs and other things that he wanted no credit for. He was generous and loved his wife, girls, and grandchildren. He will be missed.
    Love and hugs to you all…Julie

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Art. My sympathy goes out to all of you. I know this is a hard time. Please let Aunt Dorothy know that I am also thinking of her.

  3. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family. Art was a great family person and he will be missed but the memories will always be with you.

  4. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family. Art was a great family person and he will be missed but the memories will always be with you.

  5. Our sympathy to Art’s family he was a classmate of mine and remembered with many memories. He lived by a relative and we visited over the fence several times catching up with friends and family. May your golden memories bring you comfort.

  6. Cathy, Debbie & Linda, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was always so kind & soft spoken when I was around…& very proud of his 3 beautiful daughters! My heartfelt sympathy for all of you & your mom.

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