Philip Smith Wiser, age 90, passed away Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, peacefully at his home in Las Vegas. He was born March 4, 1920, in Logan, Utah, to Myron Cunningham and Zelma Smith Wiser. On May 5, 1944, he married Marian Naomi Sudekum in the Logan LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on April 28, 2007.
Philip grew up in Lewiston, Utah. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater. After the war, he moved to Southern Idaho where he started his family. In 1964 he moved his family to Las Vegas. In 1966, they moved to Southern Utah, then back to Las Vegas in 1983. After he retired, they lived in Chewelah, Wash.; Kingman; and Pahrump, Nev., before going back to Las Vegas to be near family. He worked in various jobs, including as a security guard at the Nevada Test Site, but his passion was farming and building houses.
Always active in the LDS Church, he served a mission with his wife in Roanoke, Va. He enjoyed horses, working with wood and studying building plans. His greatest joy came from his family and doting on his grandchildren.
Survivors include four sons and two daughters, John (Martha) of Boise, Idaho; Dallan (GayeLynne) of LaVerkin, Utah; Melanie (Karl) Wilson of LaVerkin; Kellee (Ron) Smith of Auburn, Wash.; Gary (Kristi) of Las Vegas; and Jerry (Helen) of Las Vegas; son-in-law, Wayne (Helen) Gardner of Herriman, Utah; daughter-in-law, Janice (Marv) Johnson of St. George, Utah; 38 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister, Lyman (Ramona) of South Ogden, Utah; Wallace (Bea) of Lewiston, Utah; Lawrence (BillieLou) of Lewiston; and Lois (MelRoy) Ballard of Benson, Utah; and one sister-in-law, Kathryn Wiser of Nampa, Idaho. He was preceded in death by one son, Charles; two daughters, Janell and Alison; one sister, Edna; and one brother, Theron.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 at the Tule Springs Stake Center, 7500 Tule Springs, Las Vegas. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to services at the chapel. Interment will follow at 1:20 p.m. at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Arrangements under the direction of Moapa Valley Mortuary, (702) 398-3600. Friends and family are invited to sign our online guest book at www.moapavalleymortuary.com.