Rev. John Kissee

Rev. John S. Kissee

Friday, December 12th, 1924 - Monday, September 16th, 2019
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Rev. John S. Kissee, age 94, of Kansas City, KS and previously of Leavenworth, KS went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday Sept. 16, 2019. Visitation will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m., both Monday Sept. 23, 2019 at the Bonner Springs Church of the Nazarene. Interment will occur at a later date in his family’s plot in the Roller Cemetery near Rogersville, MO. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Compassionate Ministries of the International Church of the Nazarene.
John was born on December 12, 1924 in Rogersville, Missouri, one of ten children born to Rev. Richard & Myrtle (Umphres) Kissee. John’s father pastored in many small country churches, so the family moved around quite a bit in southern Missouri, southeast Kansas and even Idaho. At 18, John entered the US Army Air Corps, serving 2 tours of duty during WWII as a top turret gunner on a B-17 in England and Germany and then dropping supplies into Belgium after the war. Upon returning from the service he enrolled at Pasadena Nazarene College in Pasadena, CA. and during that time he met the “Love of his Life” Sara Jane Best and they were united in marriage on June 23, 1951 in Big Bear Lake, CA. After nine years of working various jobs, John went back to college to obtain his theology degree from Simpson Bible College in San Francisco, CA. John pastored churches in Oregon, California and Missouri. In his retirement he and his wife traveled Western and Midwest states producing Vacation Bible Schools at many churches, eventually retiring to Leavenworth, KS.
John was preceded in death by his parents and eight of his siblings; Richard Jr., Elizabeth, Marvin, Anderson, Betty, Majorie, Harrol Carl and Wiley.
Survivors include his wife Sara Jane Kissee of the home; two daughters; Patricia Walsh and her husband Michael of Belton, MO. and Kathrine Pankey and her husband Dr. Ronald of Fish Kill, NY.; four grandchildren; Matthew Walsh (Cathy), CJ Pankey, Micah Walsh, and Sara Bass (Justin); eight great-grandchildren; one brother Vernon Kissee (Cheryl) of Reno, NV.; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bonner Springs Nazarene Church
    742 N. Nettleton
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  • Service

    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 7:00pm
    Bonner Springs Nazarene Church
    742 N. Nettleton
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: NAZARENE COMPASSIONATE MINISTRIES INC.

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Melanie Sutherland

Posted at 02:39pm
Our strongest memory of him was how much he loved watching MNU men's basketball games!!! He certainly "cheered them on"!!!

The strong, Christian legacy he left is family is something to be admired. Also, he loved his precious wife so much-what an example to all of us!!

Blessings and prayers to all of the family.

Scott & Melanie Sutherland

BillyeJean Hardy

Posted at 04:40pm
So so sorry Sara Jane for your loss of sweet John. He was such a loving, caring and giving example of a Christ like life. We think of you both so often, I have tried many times to find a way to reach you all. You both were such a blessing when you were here. We have many memories of precious and special times together. We are praying for Gods comfort and peace as you walk this path of hurt and grieving. We love you dear friend praying for you and family. Love you
Larry and Billye Jean Hardy

Melody Keen

Posted at 09:27pm
I remember him standing next to an old Indian woman and assisting her as she told wonderful stories to the children.

Krisan hefner

Posted at 08:41pm
I remember when ALL of your Family was here in Dothan, I would come over & immediately get a Great story from Kathi’s Daddy. He Definitely had my Full attention. Very interesting man!
He sure left a Footprint in My Life.
Krisan Hefner

Susie & Karl Miner Posted at 09:05pm

He left a strong, nurturing, caring and loving footprint in my life as well.

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