Roy passed away peacefully in hospice care at St Mary’s hospital in Mexico MO on Monday March 16, 2020 at the age of 86, with his loving wife of 67 years and his devoted children by his side. Roy was born in Jackson, Ohio on March 29, 1933 to Jacob Roy Kisor and Clara (Payne) Kisor both of Wellston Ohio. Roy graduated from Wellston High, class of 1952 and then entered the Air Force. Shortly after basic training he met a beautiful soda fountain girl named Norma Jean Crump and they married two months later on January 10, 1953. Roy spent four years in the military, with most of his service spent unaccompanied overseas, both in Germany and Africa during the Korean War.
After returning from the military, Mr. Kisor eventually settled in St Charles Missouri after securing a job with McDonnell Douglas. Mr. Kisor later went on to work for UPS from which he retired in 1986. Roy was very involved in Boy Scouts of America with his sons and was the troop leader of St Charles Pack 379. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and exploring Missouri wildlife. He liked to take long drives with his wife and kids on the weekends exploring parks and lakes.
After retirement, Mr. Kisor and his wife Jean moved to Montgomery County where he built his wife a home on 48 acres. He was more often than not tinkering in his garage making furniture or guns. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Old Settlers Black Powder Club, Illinois-Missouri Beagle Club and NRA (National Rifle Association). He raised Champion Beagles and entered them in field trails where his dogs won numerous awards.
He loved his family deeply and was very close to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He offered a lot of advice and was known for several quotes such as, “Life is about “wants” and “needs” ask yourself do you want it, or do you need it?” “If you want respect you have to be worthy of respect.” “It’s not how much you make, it’s how much you save.” “A fool and his money are soon departed.” He loved to tell his wife he gave her four dishwashers, meaning his four children who were also his first remotes as whatever kid was home was called into the living room to change the channel on the television. We are hurting but we are comforted that Roy was right with his maker and he lived a long and wonderful life.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Kisor, of the home in Middletown; four children , Kathy “Kate” Fleming and partner Jack Lacey, of St. Charles, Jay G. and Loretta Kisor, of Bellflower, Leigh N. and Janice Kisor, of Troy and Bonnie J. and Dennis Gittemeier, of Harvester: ten grandchildren, Scott (Candace) Fleming of Austin, Texas, Lindsey Fleming, Phillip Fleming and Kelsey Fleming, of St. Peters, Melissa (Sam) Reynolds, of O’Fallon, Joseph Kisor, of Tallahassee, Florida, Rachel (Russ) Heggemeyer, of Moscow Mills, Jennifer (Lee) Schnelting, of St Charles, Roy Kisor, of Dallas, TX and Neal Kisor, of Troy; fourteen great-grandchildren, Brianna Garza and Isabella, Jacob and Luke Fleming, Noah Fleming, Liam Fleming, Ian Anderson and Reed Reynolds, Lilly and Dylan Hawkins, Easton and Waylon Heggemeyer and Laird and Elin Schnelting; sisters, Pauline Gear and Norma Lockard, of Wellston, Ohio and Ginny (Pete) Patterson, of Cincinnati, Ohio; in addition to nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Busick and brother, Jacob Kisor.
Private family graveside services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Wellsville Cemetery. Pastor Nathan Payne officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Ian Anderson, Scott Fleming, Russ Heggemeyer, Jay Kisor, Joe Kisor, Leigh Kisor, Neal Kisor and Lee Schnelting. Full Military Honors were provided by Wellsville VFW Post 3056. Missouri Military Funeral Honors folded and presented the United States Flag to his wife, Jean. Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
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