Alfred David Bissonnette, 95
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Alfred David Bissonnette, age 95, passed away at home on January 12, 2014. He had defied all of his doctors' predictions for more than two remarkable months, during which time he thoroughly enjoyed many visitors.
He was the third child of George and Lucille Bissonnette. He graduated from Wolcott High School in 1936. Alfred married his beloved bride, Catherine Moelhman, in August , 1940 in Rensselaer,IN. Alfred and Catherine farmed for their first year of marriage just outside of McCoysburg,IN, and then moved to their homeplace just south of Wolcott, the site of the present-day Bissonnette-Young farm. There they raised their three children and created many happy memories for their grandchildren. Alfred was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Remington,IN.
Alfred was a good man, a great husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, and friend. He was a successful and sensible farmer who avidly followed the markets and thought (worried) about farming until the very end. He farmed for most of a century, from the time of handpicking and shucking of corn to the newest computer-laden 8-row combine. He was one of the founding members of the Indiana Beef Cattlemen's Association and, for a time, Bissonnette Farms was the largest beef cattle producer in the state. For several years, Purdue University faculty brought ag economics classes to visit and learn from what was considered to be a model grain and beef cattle farm.
Life threw him curve balls more than once, especially when his son David was killed in an automobile accident in 1966. When Catherine died in 1998, Alfred was devastated. But over time he rebounded and genuinely enjoyed most of his late life, living for his daughters, grandson and four granddaughters, and farming partner Steve Young, who was as much a son as the one he lost.
He was fiercely independent in all of the best ways. Alfred was a loving and generous person; he was the best of men.
Alfred is preceded in death by his wife Catherine, his son David, his sisters Eleanor (Vernon) Guingrich and Jeannette (Fred) Scifert, and his brother; Dr. Roger Bissonnette.
Alfred is survived by his daughters, Lynn Shively of Salina, KS, and Joy (Jim) Perry of Larsen, WI; five grandchildren: Paula, David, Debi, Julie, and Joanna; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Genevieve (Emmett) Lasher; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Southerncare Hospice in Alfred's name would be welcome.
There will be a rosary service at 3:45 p.m. with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Foster-Clapper Funeral Home of Wolcott. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Remington; Rev. John Cummings to officiate. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Remington.
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Foster-Clapper Funeral Home of Wolcott is entrusted with his care.
Published in the Journal & Courier from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2014