James 'Jim' Cissell
Longtime Kenai resident James “Jim” Cissell died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at his home after a long fight with cancer. He was 73.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, April 10, at the First Baptist Church, 12815 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Pastor Bill Moleske will officiate. Graveside services will follow at Kenai City Cemetery.
Mr. Cissell was born July 2, 1932, in Mayfield, Ky., and raised on a tobacco farm. After leaving home, he worked in the oil and gas industry in Tripoli, Libya, Africa, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, California and Alaska. He moved to Kenai from California in 1966, where he worked on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet as a roughneck and derrick hand. He retired from the oil and gas industry after losing his right hand on a drilling rig in 1986.
He attended the First Baptist Church in Kenai and was a volunteer driver one day a week for the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. He had been a member of the Moose Lodge since 1988 and became a member of the Moose Legionnaires in 1995.
“Jim enjoyed fishing, telling stories, hugging his grandchildren and being around family members. One of his greatest joys later in life was the love he had for his wife, Florence,” his family said.
“One of his favorite quotes, ‘If I tell you that a rooster can pull a freight train, you better harness it,’ was often spoken if he thought for a moment that one of his numerous tall tales was being doubted. One of his favorite fishing stories was when he caught a 250-pound halibut, fought it for an hour and after it was brought to the boat, found out it was caught in the tail.
“Dad was one of a kind and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. He had made so many friends during his time on Earth, that they were all a part of his extended family.”
Mr. Cissell was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Gladys (Snow) Cissell; sisters, Beatrice (Wright) Cissell, Laurine (Brooks) Cissell and Evelyene (Mithcum) Cissell; and brothers, William, Edgar, Edward, Leon and Thomas R. Cissell.
He is survived by his wife, Florence of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Amy Cissell of Kenai, Wayne and Janet Cissell of Kenai and Dennis Cissell of Kenai; grandchildren, James, Jason and Wayne Cissell, Angie McAdara, Amber Wortham, Alisha Cissell and Kendra Cissell; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Cissell’s memory to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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