G. Robert ‘Bob’ Kissell
G. Robert “Bob” Kissell, 89, of Montoursville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born in his parents home in, Collomsville PA on Memorial Day 1927. Bob was the son of Fred Kissell and his Mother Laura DeFrain Kissell.
Bob attended the St. James Lutheran Church in Collomsville.
His early schooling was in Collomsville’s one room school house with eight grades.
Upon receiving his common school diploma he attended Jersey Shore High School.
Prior to graduating he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was a U.S. Navy Corps man for the Marine Air Infantry Wing at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia.
He also served at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Upon discharge from the U.S. Navy he graduated from Lock Haven State College. While there he majored in History and Geography.
Upon graduating from Lock Haven State College he served during the Korean War at the Bainbridge Hospital as a U.S. Navy Instructor. There he was an Instructor for Anatomy and Physiology. It was at this time he married his beloved wife, Ruthie Billman of Jersey Shore.
They have been married for 63 years. Bob began his teaching career at Susquenita High School, where he taught from 1953-1955. Bob received a Master in Science (History & Education) in 1956. He taught at Montoursville Area High School from 1955-1966. He taught in the History and Geography field. He was chairman of the History Department and advisor to the student council. In 1965 Bob became a History and Government Professor at Williamsport Area Community College. In 1973 he was listed among The Outstanding Educators in America. He retired from Penn College in 1985.
While there he taught History and Government subjects as well as others. He served as Chairman of the History and Government Department. Following that he was the Chairman of the Social Sciences and Business Administration as well as the Faculty Committee on Employment, Promotion and Tenure. Bob retired as a Full Professor and was awarded Emeritus Status by the College. Bob was predeceased by his parents, brothers Barry and Harold, and sisters, Betty Jennings and Yvonne Doebler.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife Ruthie Billman Kissell, three children: Craig Kissell (Kate Kissell), Pam Cunningham (John Cunningham) and Doug Kissell (Marci Kissell), Nine Grandchildren: Damon Kissell (Stacy Kissell), Taylor Kissell (Stephanie Kissell), Cody Kissell (Jennifer Kissell), Alexi Kissell, Katarina Massaro (Luke Massaro), Christopher Cunningham, Spencer Kissell, Julie Cunningham, Madeline Kissell.
Four great grandchildren: Haden Kissell, Calvin Kissell, Ada Kissell and Damon Kissell. Bob’s twin sister Donna Kissell Hall and Donald Kissell.
During his early years he worked at LL Sterns & Sons, Weldon Factory, The New York Central Railroad, AVCO and was pleased that he helped build the Dike system around Williamsport. Williamsport water supply Damn, the Mosquito Valley Damn and the Pine Creek Damn.
Bob loved his wife and his family. He was always proud of his family, his Church and his Country. He loved Montoursville and the Nippenose Valley. He loved golf and his golfing buddies. He loved and fondly remembered all of his former students from Susquenita High School, Montoursville High School and Penn College.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 369 Broad St., Montoursville, with the Rev. David B. Letscher officiating. Burial will be private in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Friends will be received Wednesday morning from 10-11 a.m. in the church.
Donations can be made to the Scholarship Fund at Montoursville High School for Outstanding School Citizen Award to be given in his honor. Ruth and his children will start it with a $500 donation.
Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.