Donald D. "Don" Sissel
1951 - 2021
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Donald D. "Don" Sissel

Strafford - Donald Dale Sissel, 69, Strafford, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center in Springfield of an apparent heart attack.

He was born on October 2, 1951 in Springfield, Missouri the son of the late Howard Dale and Vergie Ann (Keltner) Sissel. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Blanche Webb.

Don fiercely loved his kids, his grandkids, his wife, his cattle. Though we're not sure which came first.

If Don liked you, maybe you got a nickname or some good-natured teasing. You probably had a nickname for him too. Don, Donnie, Col. Don, Fletch, Big D, Donte, he answered to them all. Don never knew a stranger and always wanted to stop and say hello and have a chat.

As a family, the Sissel kids and now grandkids showed cattle with Don at the helm and sometimes the biggest duck in the puddle. Even after their kids had grown and gone, Don and Kathy remained involved with a few youth organizations like the Missouri Junior Hereford Association. In 2008, Don and Kathy were honored as Advisors of the Year for the National Junior Hereford Association.

Don loved working with not only his kids but all kids in agriculture. Through the years, he was actively involved with the 4-H Club as a leader, Greene County 4-H Foundation, Republic FFA Alumni, Greene County Extension Council and so many more.

Professionally, Don wore many hats. He worked at the Springfield News-Leader for 32 years, retiring in 2007. The past 15 years, he found his dream career, working with his good friend, Alan McMurtrey and Mac's Vet Supply. In 1978, Don attended the Worldwide School of Auctioneering. Colonel Don got to have a few memorable sales of over the years and was certainly something he always enjoyed.

Don and Kathy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February with a small family dinner. He and Kathy loved each other deeply and were side by side most of the time. They were a true example of a strong marriage and how to love your spouse. Lately, Don and Kathy had started their next chapter in retirement and began traveling and RVing. They enjoyed time traveling around exploring in their fifth wheel and had many trips set for this spring and summer.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, two daughters, Carrie Sissel and her husband Geof Waller, and Sarah DeGuire; a son, Justin Sissel and his wife Lisa; five grandchildren, Spenser, Anna, Parker, Cole, and Lyla; a sister, Brenda Fuller; several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate considering a donation in Don's memory to support the Missouri Junior Hereford Association, c/o Taylor Miller, 20500 Sioux Drive, Lebanon, MO 65536.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Central Buildings Event Center, Springfield under the direction of J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville. Burial will follow at Jamesville Cemetery, 3341 State Highway M, Clever, MO 65631.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masking and social distancing is requested.

Online condolences may be made at www.jdleeandsons.com.






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Published in News-Leader from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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