Erik Jeffrey Wise

December 20, 1991 ‒ January 01, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Erik Jeffrey Wise, age 28, of Mansfield, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

On December 20, 1991, Erik was born in Mount Vernon, OH, son of Jeffrey A. and Annette S. (Denman) Wise.  He graduated from Northmor High School in the Class of 2010.

Over the years, Erik worked several different jobs.  He especially liked driving tow motor and then also enjoyed his latest job with Xzact Pressure Washing.

Erik was a young man of faith and a member of The Pines Christian Church.  He enjoyed playing softball in the church league.

Erik loved sports.  He was a huge Ohio State football fan.  He was very active and liked being outdoors playing basketball, football and golf.  He also cherished time deer hunting with his Grandpa Denman and mushroom hunting with his mom and Aunt Sherry.  They always took the Gator, which he had way too much fun driving.  And speaking of driving, he loved being behind the wheel of his 2000 Ford Mustang.  He was also very proud of receiving his Class A CDL in 2017.

Above all, Erik valued time spent with his family.  They meant the world to him.  He loved people and always made sure everyone was having a good time.  His smile and energy had a way of lighting up a room.  He was always there for others, and would do anything he could to help you.

On New Year’s Day, Erik lost his battle with addiction.  He tried so hard, and had done well for so long.  Hold your loved ones close, no one is promised tomorrow.  Rest in the arms of Jesus, Erik, you don’t have to fight it anymore.

Erik will be dearly missed by his parents, Jeffrey and Annette of Mansfield; his brother, Robert A. (Amanda) Wise of Mansfield; his maternal grandmother, Lola Denman of Fredericktown; his paternal grandmother, Jean Wise of Galion; aunts and uncles: Sherry Wirick, Gary and Brenda Denman, Jeff and Kelly Denman, Byron and Laurie Haworth, Robert Wise; nieces and nephews: Logan, Brayden, Bailey, Lucas, Arabella; many special cousins; and the love of his life, Shirley Brown.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gerald Denman and his paternal grandfather, Ronald Wise.

Erik’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 with Minister, Dr. Jeff Collins officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Park in Lexington.

Memorial contributions in Erik’s name may be made to Catalyst Life Services, 741 Scholl Road, Mansfield, OH 44907 or at  Catalyst offers treatment and recovery options for those battling addiction.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Erik’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Annette:

    We are so sorry for your loss and pray for you and Jeff in this very hard time.

    Coleman & Marlin

  • Annette, Andrea,Sherry,
    So sorry to hear of Erik’s passing. Be comfoted in the knowledge that one day you will be reunited. He is well and whole and happy.

  • Annette, Andrea,Sherry,
    So sorry to hear of Erik’s passing. Be comforted in the knowledge that one day you will be reunited. He is well and whole and happy.

  • Annette and Jeff,
    We would like to extend our condolences to the both of you and the rest of his family and friends. May God be by your sides during these dark times.

  • I’m sorry for your loss annette jeff and robert he was very loved and such an amazing caring man

  • I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a good person always had a smile and a hug for everyone that knew him. He will be missed by so many praying for the family.

  • I am very sorry about your loss.. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family very much!! Erik will b sadly missed but never forgotten and will always be in our thoughts and hearts!!

  • Jeff & Annette, I am so sorry to hear of Erik’s passing. It’s been years since we were neighbors but I still remember him as a little boy. I’m so very sorry for your loss and just have comfort and peace knowing he is in a much better place. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  • From The Grounds Keepers and Office Staff at Oak Grove Memorial Park we send our condolences to you and your family!

  • I’m so sorry for your loss! I am in recovery and drug addiction is the hardest thing ive ever had to over come and for the rest of my life I will have to fight for my life. Sending prayers to all the family and friends.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Annette and Jeff
    My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family 🙏🙏🙏♥️♥️❤️

    Kerri Wilcox

  • There are no words that I can say that will do justice, to explain the deep sadness I feel for your family. Erik is dancing with the angels, reuniting with loved one, and being in complete awe while kneeling at Jesus’s feet. All of the struggles, pain, and sadness, he left behind. I hope that you find comfort in knowing this.
    Annette… you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers now and long after you say goodbye to your precious son.
    Marsha (Willis) Baldinger

  • Your son lost his battle with addiction, but now, in the arms of our risen Lord and Savior, Erick has WON the Lord’s promise of eternal life!

  • I am at a loss for words of comfort. Only god can provide the love and comfort needed at this time and I know He will, but in His way and time. Your boys were always a joy to work with at Johnsville and it was due to the loving parental support and guidance that their parents offerred and our Father’s love. May you all feel His love and allow the love of friends and family to help carry you through these hard times.

  • So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Lifting You All
    In thought and Prayer at this difficult time🙏🙏❤️

  • Erik was a very good friend of my son Chris Thompson thru school. A bunch of the boys spent every weekend at your house playing video games in the basement. When my son told me of his passing he said “mom I feel so bad for his parents. They were such good people and were so good to him. They really loved him so so much.” Erik was at my home many times and he was always polite respectful and kind. My sincere condolences to you his parents and family from my son and I.

  • Jeff I am so very sorry for your loss.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Pam Pence

  • Jeff,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My God be with your family and bless the memories you will forever hold.
    All my prayers

  • What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness. A longing for just one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or before we were ready to say goodbye. But little by little we all will begin to remember not just that you died, but that you Lived! Your life gave all of us memories too beautiful to forget.

    I am privileged to say that I got to know Erik for a short time. He was always happy and full of life. He made sure he had a smile and a hug every time I saw him. He will be greatly missed. I just wish I could have known him longer. My deepest Sympathy goes to the family, as well as Ms. Brown.

  • Annette and family,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Erik sounds like an amazing young man. His memories will live on in your hearts forever. I will hold you in prayer, always.

  • Jeff and Annette I’m so sorry to read of the passing of your son . I pray God comforts you thru this difficult time . And knowing you will find comfort in knowing , that even tho your time was short with him here on earth . The promise that you shall see and hold him again , thru the gift too all in Jesus Christ . May God be with you till we meet again .

  • Jeff, Annette, and your whole family. I don’t know you but my heart aches for you. You have my deepest sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t even imagine what you have been through. God bless you and comfort you.

  • Annette,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I remember how happy you were to become his Mother. I wish you and your family peace and pray for your heart to feel nothing but joy when you think of him.
    Cathy Whitaker- St Cloud, Fl (former Woodside employee).

  • Jeff and Annette,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to know how you feel right now. God has a plan and we just have to trust…
    May yours hearts be filled with loving memories and thoughts of Erik’s beautiful soul.
    Love, Larry, Tammy and family

  • Annette and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. May Jesus wrap His arms around you and may you know His peace.

  • Dear Annette and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for a Peace that only He can provide.

  • I did not know this young man, but certainly do know the Denman family well! My heart goes out to the entire family! It breaks my heart for you to hear of another young life taken too soon! I m certain he was a good person, just could not get away from the grip of addiction! God bless you. Our prayers are with you!

    • Thank You so much.. catalyst in Mansfield is a wonderful treatment center if he is willing to get help .. my prayers are with you ..🙏🙏🙏

  • We are so sorry to hear about your son’s death. Our daughter passed away almost 3 years ago, so we know the pain that addiction causes these young people to have. May God be with you and your family as you heal from the hurt. May he rest in peace, free from the pain and suffering he was going thru. Thinking of all of you especially to you Grandma Jean.

    • Thank You.. it is a terrible disease with such mental prayers are with you also ..

  • Erik was an amazing person, he was caring, positive and pleasant to spend time with. My condolences and prayers are with his entire family and all loved ones, his presence will dearly be missed and never forgotten. May god bless everyone with the strength to make it through this grieving period.