Wisser, Allan W. (89)
Dec. 20, 1924 - April 11, 2014
Allan was born in Anaheim where he lived his entire life. After graduating from Anaheim High School in 1942, he proudly joined the Navy where he served from 1943-1946. He was stationed in the Pacific primarily aboard the USS Fanshaw Bay (a US Navy
escort aircraft carrier) and participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in Oct. 1944, one of the most significant battles in naval history. Allan's entire career was dedicated to running the family business - Wisser Sporting Goods in downtown Anaheim. The popular store evolved from the business dealings of family patriarch Roman Wisser who first opened a restaurant on Los Angeles Street in Anaheim in 1886. In 1898, he opened a new saloon and called the establishment "Favorite Saloon". When Roman died in 1913, his son Pete took over the business until Prohibition in 1918. After WWI, in 1920, Wisser Sporting Goods was opened and successfully operated for more than 60 years until closing in 1981. The store became an Anaheim icon and was a favorite gathering place for local businessmen and neighboring farmers who came to town to tell tales of fishing and hunting. In describing Al, his girls would say he was a great dad, teaching them to fish and shoot, and always kidding them that they were all supposed to be boys. Allan was predeceased by his wife, Jean (Allen) Wisser, AHS class of 1948; his father, Lucien (Pete) Wisser, class of 1907; his mother Edna (Nichols) Wisser (to whom the Heritage Hill one-room school house in Lake Forest was dedicated); sister, Marion Wisser Harvey, class of 1938; and brother, Edwin, class of 1940. He is survived by three daughters, Carol (Chuck) Hartman, class of 1970, Karen (Dale) Walters, class of 1972 and Susan (Paul) Opperman, class of 1975. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Kristen (Will) Hartman-Martinez, Brian Hartman, Jeff (Christine) Walters and Branen (Marla) Walters. And best of all, he was Great Papa Al to 4 grandsmurfs, Emily Martinez and Brock, Ronan, and Christopher Walters. Allan will be buried privately at Forest Lawn Cypress alongside Jean, the love of his life. There will be a celebration of life Saturday, April 19, 12:00 noon, Mama Cozza's Restaurant, Anaheim.