WOODSTOCK – Bruce R. Shisler, 90, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock, surrounded by his loving family.|
He was born in Caledonia, Mich., on Jan. 25, 1923, to Wayne A. and Frances R. (Youngblood) Shisler. He married Jeannette M. Ruehling on July 7, 1946, in East Chicago, Ind.
Bruce was a veteran having served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. As a corporal stationed in Maui, he started his military service in radar training and eventually became a supply master. He was a lifetime member of the Woodstock VFW Post 5040 and the American Legion.
Bruce worked for Borden's Dairy Company until it closed the plant. He then went on to work for Dean's Foods until his retirement in 1990. He was an avid Woodstock Blue Streaks fan. He always encouraged his children and grandchildren to do their best and he was their No. 1 fan staying active in the sports that they were involved in. He enjoyed making homemade strawberry ice cream with his family and friends.
He is survived by five children, Karen (Larry) Graham, Sharon (Larry) Stanger, Richard Shisler (Kanako Greenwood), Diane (Steve) Messman and Amy (Mark) Burnett; 10 grandchildren, Salina Messman, Hannah Messman, Brian Stanger, Mark Patty, Holly Shisler, Austin Burnett, Shelby Burnett, Steven Graham, Deanne Greenwood and Julian Greenwood; a great-grandson, Liam Stanger; a sister-in-law, Louise Shisler; and many nieces, nephews and very dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Jeannette M. Shisler on Jan. 16, 2009; two brothers, Wilen Shisler and Robert Shisler; and a sister, Marilyn Kooiker.
The visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 p.m. until the funeral service at 4 p.m. at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave. in Woodstock. Burial will be private in McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, the Hooved Animal Humane Society or to JourneyCare Hospice.
Bruce's family would like to thank the staff at Valley Hi and JourneyCare Hospice for all of their exceptional care and comfort.
For information, call Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit www.slmcfh.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 1, 2013