In Memoriam: Rev. John Bissett

Rev. John G. Bissett, who served a number of churches in Wisconsin from 1958-1969, including Summerfield UMC from 1967-1969, died on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Memorials can be made to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary or the Cedar Crest Foundation. Condolences may be sent to Shirley Bissett at 1700 S River Rd #175, Janesville WI 53546.

September 28, 1930 – January 5, 2013

John G. Bissett, 82, died peacefully Saturday evening, Jan. 5, 2013, at Cedar Crest, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Clydebank, Scotland, Sept. 28, 1930, the son of John and Theresa Owens Bissett. In 1947, John immigrated with his family to the United States, settling in Chicago. While in Chicago, John was active in the Salvation Army. It is there that he met Shirley Wight, who would become his bride. They were married Oct. 8, 1953, in Kenosha. They served in the Salvation Army together during the early years of their marriage. John attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa, IA. Shortly thereafter, he began serving several small Iowa Methodist churches as their pastor. John went on to graduate from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. John served numerous Methodist churches in Iowa and Wisconsin, during his ministry. He also served as a pastor in the United Church of Christ in Wisconsin. In 1976, he studied at Oxford while on sabbatical in Great Britain. Later in his career, he worked for his Alma Mater, Penn College. John was devoted to his family. Always ready for ‘a good yarn’, he was an avid reader and enjoyed learning—especially through his association with the University of Wisconsin. He was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Advisory Board, and served in a similar capacity at UW-Rock County.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Theresa; his brother, James; and a daughter, Laurel. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; daughter, Deborah (Robert) Maki of Elkhorn; son, David (Laurel) of Clifton Park, NY; son, Paul (Christine) of Hartford; nine grandchildren: Andrew, Kathryn, Benjamin, Matthew, Elizabeth, Rebekah, John, Daniel, and Heather; his brother, Tom (Betty) of Motherwell, Scotland; and sisters, Grace Felton of California, and Eileen Boyle of Ayr, Scotland.
The family thanks John’s doctors, the staff at Cedar Crest, and Agrace Hospice for their care and attention to John in his final days.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23

Interment will be at Green Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha.