Vietnam veteran had a loving heart, helping hand and a special smile

PALM COAST, Fla. — John C. Wiese, 71, of Palm Coast, Florida, formerly of North Reading, died at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, after an 11½ year battle with cancer.

Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 31,1950 to the late Edwin B. Wiese of Wisconsin and Catherine Kaufman Wiese of New Jersey, he was a graduate of La Crosse High School in 1968. He also attended Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia after retiring from the military.

BU-1 John C. Wiese was a U.S. Navy Seabee veteran of Vietnam. He served for the military from September 1968 to March 1990. He completed multiple tours and was stationed at several different locations including: RNMCB 12, NMCB 62, NAS Brunswick, CBU 415, NSO Lamaddalena, NAFAC Nantucket, NMCB 133, CTC Davisville and NTC Great Lakes.

His many achievements and commendations included: National Defense Service Medal, Second Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Gallantry Cross, Second Meritorious Unit Commendation, Civil Actions Color, Rifle Qual Sharpshooter, Second Navy “E” Award, Second M-16 Rifle Expert, Navy Expeditionary Medal and Fifth Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

After his military career he worked as a general contractor/ construction worker and loved what he did. John would always be around to lend a hand with everyone saying, “call John, he’ll know how to do it,” even if it was the “John Wiese Way” the job got done.

Some of most beloved hobbies were: fishing (couldn’t stop talking about the Smith boat), hunting, riding motorcycles, and camping with his RV. Cookouts where everyone was around and he could play cribbage and hang out with his “Stoli dog” always brought a smile. If softball was happening; he was in. Loved being a member and enjoying time at the VFW and K of C. When able, Texas Hold ‘Em at the Amvets Saint Augustine was a must every Sunday with his pal Steve Correale. What more could anyone ever say with his loving heart, helping hand, special smile? With his family being so far away he was treated by Walter and Rita McNeil as their own. This man was one of a kind and will be especially missed by all.

Family members include his beloved wife of 42 years, Christine (McNeil) Wiese; his loving children, John C. Wiese Jr. and his wife Brenda of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., Christopher Wiese and Danielle (Wiese) Guide and her husband Eddie Guide, all of North Reading; and his cherished grandchildren Zoey, Trinity and Alivia Wiese.

He also leaves behind many brothers and sisters: Ernest Wiese and his wife Kathryn of Biroqua, Wisconsin; George Wiese and his wife Pam of La Crosse, Wisconsin; the late Edwin Wiese; Kenneth Wiese and his wife Gretchen of Stoddard, Wisconsin; Brenda Short of Lehigh Acres, Florida; Barbara Manninger of Stoddard, Wisconsin; and his “baby brother” Lester Wiese and his wife Lee Ann of Brule, Wisconsin, as well as many special nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Sunday, March 13 from 1-4 p.m. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Monday, March 14 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rte. 62), North Reading. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: MGH Cancer Center or the Disabled American Veterans at To leave an online message of condolence, visit