Rex Shisler


October 20, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Rex Shisler, 88, of Gas died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at his home.
He was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Stanberry, Mo., to Paul Morris Shisler and Ila Christina Kenyon McGhay. His father died before he was born and his stepfather, Jerry T. McGhay, raised him.
He grew up in the hills of Missouri in the Rushville/Stanberry area. He was an “A” student and graduated as class valedictorian. He was a lieutenant and navigator in World War II.
After his military service, he went to work for Blish-Mize Hardware in Atchison. He won many awards as top salesman. He sold to many small towns from Burlington to Fort Scott and from Ottawa to Iola. Locally he sold to Hordes Lumber, later Comstock.
He played fast-pitch softball and was on a winning bowling team. He enjoyed dancing, singing and playing his harmonica.
He became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1968 and liked talking about the Bible to everyone he met. He served as an elder in the Iola congregation and enjoyed giving Bible discourses at Jehovah’s Witnesses conventions and Kingdom Halls.
He is survived by his  wife, Jannie Machart Shisler, who he married April 3, 1976. She cared for him in their home when he fell ill to heart disease and Alzheimer’s until his death. He is also survived by sons, Eldon Lee “Butch” and his wife, Rosie, Wichita, Stanley and his wife, Becci, Ottawa, and Terry and his wife, Beatrice, Atchison; a stepdaughter, Margaret Lesher, Yates Center; eight grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Mike McGhay, Lexington, Ky.
A son, John Paul, died earlier.
He was cremated. Memorial services will be at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Iola’s Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall.
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