Mervyn Dean Wisner was born on March 19, 1962 in Peoria, Illinois, to Mervyn and Vonnie Wisner. He died in Lubbock, Texas, on October 7, 2019.
Merv grew up in Peoria Heights (Illinois), and graduated from Peoria Heights High School in 1980. He received his B.S.S. from Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) in 1984, and his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University in 1988. He worked as a counselor for several years in Columbus, Nebraska, with Lutheran Family Services and his private practice, Marriage Plus. He transferred his counseling skills to auto finance, managing customer portfolios for Ford Motor Credit in Omaha (Nebraska), Detroit (Michigan), Greenville (South Carolina), Colorado Springs (Colorado), and Lubbock (Texas), and for the last 5 years with Toyota Motor Credit and J.D. Byrider in Cedar Rapids (Iowa).
He was married to Sheon Montgomery from 1985-2014, and was the loving father of one daughter, Mari. He loved to play games with his daughter, and found great enjoyment in his fur family, including his cat, Sophie, and was frequently at local dog parks with Oliver and Mocha.
He is survived by his daughter, Mari (Lubbock, Texas); his mother, Vonnie Cook Wisner (Peoria, Illinois); two sisters, Brenda Miller (Peoria, Illinois) and Tammy Wisner (Peoria, Illinois); two brothers, Bryan Wisner (Las Vegas, Nevada) and William Wisner (Champaign, Illinois); 4 nieces, 4 nephews, and 3 great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, at Living Waters Church, 7229 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, from 5-7 pm.
A private memorial service will be held in Lubbock, Texas, at a time as yet to be determined.
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