John Mark Bissell Lansing John Mark Bissell, 62, formerly of Ludington, MI passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lansing, MI on June 2, 2013. His family moved to Ludington in 1954 where John attended school at St. Stanislaus, St. Simons, and graduated from Ludington High School. John spent his entire life in the music business, from starting bands which received local fame such as "Capone" to managing other artists as well as working with many famous acts including ZZ Top and Alan Jackson while running sound for Sound Effects. Most recently he was a self-employed sound engineer working with Merging Media in Lansing. He also worked for the Harley Owners Group better known as H.O.G. putting on presentations at various cities across the U.S. John had many hobbies, he was a talented guitar player, loved to hunt and fish as well as riding his Harley. John was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa S. Bissell and more recently by his father, Captain John F. Bissell. His son, Shawn W. Bissell, his longtime friend and Shawn's mother, Sue Renwick Poufcas, both of Buckeye, AZ survive him. Along with them are his stepdaughter, Kelly Peterson of Lapeer, MI; granddaughter, Brittany Bissell of Lansing, MI; two step grandchildren and two great grandsons; two brothers, Joseph G. Bissell, (Deb) of Redding, CA, Daniel F. Bissell (Elizabeth) of Ludington; sisters, Mary Bissell Thrash of Summerfield, FL, Laura A. Davis (Lou) of Bruceton, Mills, WV, Patricia M. Bissell of Pickford, MI; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. John's ashes will be interred in a double ceremony along with his father in Charlevoix, MI on August 3, 2013. His friends will be hosting a wake in his honor on August 4th at The Loft in downtown Lansing from 4-11 hosted by John's longtime friend Eric Schnaitman owner of Merging Media. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to John M Bissell Memorial Fund, 13905 Forest Hill Road, Grand Ledge, MI 48837-9253.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from July 14 to Aug. 2, 2013