Robert Bruce Bissell

Robert Bruce Bissell

Robert Bruce Bissell passed away Jan. 15, 2016, at Montesano Health and Rehab. He was 94. Bruce was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Foley, Minnesota, to Robert and Pauline (Booher) Bissell. He was raised in Kent, Washington, where he graduated high school in 1939.

On July 19, 1941, Bruce married E. June Davies and together they raised two daughters. She passed away in January of 2004.

Bruce proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1944–1946, serving in the Southern Philippines and Luzon campaigns. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action for his advancing under enemy fire and carrying a wounded comrade back to safety.

Bruce was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Union since 1948. He loved baseball; he was a pitcher and had turned out with the Seattle Rainiers before WWII. He also loved car trips and camping. He enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially the Seattle Mariners.

Bruce moved to Ocean Shores with his daughter in August of 2015. Bruce had also lived in Kirkland, Kingston and Winthrop, and Deer Island, Oregon.

Bruce is survived by his daughters, Carol June Stull and husband Darelle J. Stull of Ocean Shores, and Janet Lee Askew and husband Glen Askew of Tonasket; granddaughter Amanda Askew Lange and husband Donovan Lange, currently of Berlin, Germany; grandson Kevin Askew and wife Kristina Askew of Redmond; and great-granddaughters Claire and Addy Lange; also numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, June, and three brothers, Gordon, Warren and Earl Bissell.

There was a graveside service with military honors on Jan. 25, 2016, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.

Memorials may be made in his name to the VFW.

To sign the online book of memories please visit Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary, 311 W. Market St. in Aberdeen, Washington.