Bill Kissner died at his home in Cedaredge Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, after a long battle with ALS. He was 79.
Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at St. Philip's Catholic Church with Rev. Albeiro Herrera Cero officiating. Interment will follow at Cedaredge Cemetery.
Billy Floyd Kissner was born in Florence July 27, 1937, to Louis and Anna (Kelsay) Kissner. The family moved to Cedaredge in 1943 and he graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1955.
On June 23, 1958, he married Martha "Marty" McCoy at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta.
He started B.F. Kissner Drilling in 1967 The business was headquartered in Monticello, Utah, until 1973, when the family moved back to Cedaredge. Mr. Kissner drilled exploration wells for uranium, oil shale and coal, and many water wells in western Colorado, eastern Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. He was active in the Mountain States Ground Water Association.
He was also a rancher and raised Saler cattle. He enjoyed investing in real estate, hunting, fishing, gambling trips, auctions, the coffee club in Cedaredge and spending time with his grandkids.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Philip's Catholic Church in Cedaredge, Delta Elks Lodge #1235, the NRA and Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club.
He is survived by his wife, Marty Kissner of Cedaredge; three daughters, Luann (Dennis) Harriman of Gulfport, Miss., Judi (Rob) Schmalz of Delta and Celia (Jeff) Avaritte of Austin; a brother, David (Marion) Kissner of Cedaredge; a sister, Peggy Himes of Grand Junction; his grandchildren, Jordan Lyons, Taylor Lyons, Josh Harriman, Nate (Christina) Harriman, Sydney (Kris) Culbertson, Jake (Bria) Schmalz, Rachel (Brandon) Reiher, Luke (Katie) Schmalz, Kurt (Julie) Kissner, Danielle (Travis) Toombs; and Cash Avaritte; nine great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and one great great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Karmen Lyons; and a son and his wife, Billy D. and RaeLynn Kissner.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hilltop Community Resources, Attn: Barbara Brown, 1331 Hermosa Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81506, re: Dan's Vans.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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