01/14/2013 04:00 EST | Updated 03/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Funeral to be held in St. Thomas for former federal minister John Wise

ST. THOMAS, Ont. - Former federal agriculture minister John Wise will be remembered at a funeral in St. Thomas, Ont., today. He died last week at the age of 77.

Wise was elected from Elgin, Ont., to the House of Commons five times from 1972 to 1984.

He served under three Progressive Conservative leaders -- Robert Stanfield, Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney.

Wise was agriculture minister in the short-lived Clark government and served the same role under Mulroney.

The former dairy farmer retired before the 1988 election.

The service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church.