Robert R. Hissem, 77 of 114 Sechan Drive, Portersville, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 1:56 PM in Butler Memorial Hospital. Robert was born on February 25, 1932 in New Stanton, PA to the late Robert W. and Goldie Sams Hissem. A 1951 Youngwood High School graduate, Robert was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Army. He was the manager of Beneficial Finance in Ellwood City for 30 years and retired as a manager from the First Seneca Bank Dealer's Center in 1988. He worked part time during his retirement as a dealer chauffeur at the Butler Auto Auction. He was an active member of the Moraine Preservation Society and served as Captain of the Nautical Nature boat at Moraine State Park for the past 14 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Laird, whom he married January 26, 1952, 2 sons, Douglas and Terry Hissem, both of Portersville, his grandchildren, Sonya and Scott Rau of Butler, Schuyler Hissem of New Castle, a step-granddaughter, Mikayla Davis of New Castle, 3 great-grandchildren, Elijah, Isaiah and Jonah Rau, a sister, Margaret Steiner of Youngwood, PA, a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Jane Hissem of Port St. Lucie, FL, and several nieces and nephews. Services were private. Arrangements were handled by the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory. Contributions can be made in Mr. Hissem's name to the Moraine Preservation Fund, 118 North Shore Drive, Portersville, PA 16051.
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