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Edward Edwin Bisely, age, 91 of Kewaunee, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. He was born August 17, 1920 at Kewaunee, son of the late Conrad M. and Pauline (Sinicky) Bisely.
Ed had been employed by the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company for 34+ years and retired October 1, 1980 as Chief Clerk - Office Manager in the Engineering Dept. of Lake Shore Division headquarters in Green Bay.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 29, l942 and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Shortly after his World War II honorable discharge in May l946, he received a personal letter from then Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and was offered an office position on General MacArthur's Occupation of Japan staff. Since he had just recently returned home after four years military service, he reluctantly declined.
Following discharge as a Chief Petty Officer he was a member of the Staff of Battalion 9-5 (Divisions 9-109 and 9-209) U.S. Naval Reserve in Green Bay l946 - 1950. He was recalled to active duty upon outbreak of the Korean War and served two years overseas 1950-52 aboard the U.S.S. HENRICO (APA-45) in Korea and Japan. He was awarded the Navy Comendation Medal with combat "V" distinguishing device for Valor during the Hungnam, Korea troop withdrawal on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1950. Ed was sent ashore with Beachmaster Group to co-ordinate movement of United Nations forces to waiting ships off-shore for relocation below the 38th parallel after China entered the war.
Ed was very active in Veterans organizations since World War II, serving on the American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars firing squad/color guard, and participated in veterans military funeral services for over 50 years.
He was a Life Member and served as Post Commander as well as Adjutant of both Kewaunee Post No. 29 American Legion and Ralph Perry Post 3392 Veterans of Foreign Wars; also Commander and Adjutant of Kewaunee County Council, American Legion. Also a member of Voiture #774 Forty et Eight, Navy Club Ship #18 Green Bay, Disabled American Veterans, Korean War Veterans Assn., Navy Chief Petty Officers Assn., Wisconsin (Manitowoc) Maritime Museum, Plank Owner of U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. He donated his war memorabilia and campaign medals to Kewaunee County Jail Museum.
Ed persuaded the Wis. Dept. of Transportation to designate State Highway 29 from its beginning in Kewaunee and extending to Bellevue as a Veterans Memorial Highway on September 23, 1988 after that segment was initially omitted by the State.
His Navy service during World War II and the Korean War was recognized by the Green Bay Press Gazette on Veteran's Day November 11, 2006.
In 2010 the Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce selected Ed as Trout Festival honoree to represent veterans.
He greatly enjoyed the cabin he and his Dad constructed on his acreage at Crivitz, especially the deer hunting group; and was well-known at Antique/Collector car shows with his 1960 Buick LeSabre.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John, Robert and Donald; sisters Anna Bisely, Mayme Goetsch, Esther Pazdera, and Irene Hopkins, also brothers-in-law Edward Goetsch and Edward F. Pazdera.
Survivors are sisters-in-law Alice Bisely of Algoma; Mary Bisely of Canastata, New York and nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee, from 5 to 8 pm on Sunday August 19. Veterans memorial service by Carlton American Legion Post 538 at 7 pm. Visitation 1 pm Monday August 20 at the funeral home followed by 2 pm service with Rev. Randall Kohls officiating. Burial with full military rites in Riverview Cemetery.
Go to www.buchananfh.com to send condolences or sign the online guest book.
Ed was especially appreciative of concern for his welfare in recent years by nieces Beverly Jonet and Sharon Gutowski; and neighbor Bob Hale. The family thanks Dr. Zenner, the staff at Algoma Long Term Care, and Unity Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite Veteran's organization.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2012