John William Wiesner, Jr., age 88, passed away peacefully in the presence of his friends and family. He was born in Richmond, Texas on November 13, 1928, and raised in Hempstead, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents John William and Marie Hajek Wiesner, his wife of 64 years Elizabeth Sorsby Wiesner, and sons John III and Howell Wiesner.
John is survived by his son, Don Edd Wiesner and wife Jaynne, daughter-in-law Cindy Wiesner and grandchildren Lauren Wiesner-Blackmon and husband Todd Blackmon, Falon Wiesner-Jones and husband Chad Jones, Jon Scott Wiesner, Regan Wiesner, Skye Wiesner, Lexi Wiesner, Tori Wiesner, great-grandchildren Saige Wiesner, Nicolas Hunter, Olivia and Alexander Jones, brother Donald Wiesner, and two nieces.
John attended Southern Methodist University and was a member of the ATO fraternity. He graduated in 1950 and received a BBA in Marketing. He began his career in the automobile industry in 1954 purchasing his first dealership in Hempstead, TX. He went on to purchase the Buick GMC franchise in Conroe, TX in 1972. This location still remains the flagship location today.
John was a pillar in the community and known for his subtle generosity. He was committed to public service and economic development for Montgomery County. He served on many boards and was instrumental in establishing the Lone Star College System in Montgomery County. He also served as Chairman for the Conroe/Lake Conroe and The Woodlands Chamber, Montgomery County Appraisal District, Conroe Regional Medical Center Hospital and the Conroe Symphony Orchestra.
He received many awards for his outstanding service in the community, most notably the Texas Automotive Dealer's Association Key Award for Outstanding Director, the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow Award and Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award.
John was a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Hempstead Lodge No. 749 for 60 years. He earned his 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite and became a member of the Arabian Temple and Shiners in Houston.
The family wishes to give special thanks to the Hanus family for their loving commitment and continued care over the past few years. Also, a special thanks to his daily caregivers Anita Yandell, Toni Brookins and Lottie Lovelady.
John will be deeply missed but his legacy, visionary business approach, appreciation and dedication to his family, friends, employees and customers will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church of Conroe, 4308 W. Davis St., Conroe, TX 77304 or the Conroe Symphony Orchestra, 1500 N Frazier St., Conroe, TX 77301.
The family will receive visitors Monday, January 30, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E. White Oak, Conroe, TX. Services will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10am at The First United Methodist Church, Conroe, Texas with Dr. Edward Robb and Dr. Jeff Olive officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Garden Park Cemetery, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, TX. Reception will follow interment and will be held at the First United Methodist Church.
Published on January 30, 2017