Roger Sisson

Posted 6/15/22

MARSHALL — Roger Wade Sisson, 50, a Paris native who made Marshall his home and became a notable contributor to his adopted community, died June 13, 2022, a after a heroic battle with …

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Roger Sisson


MARSHALL — Roger Wade Sisson, 50, a Paris native who made Marshall his home and became a notable contributor to his adopted community, died June 13, 2022, a after a heroic battle with esophageal cancer.

A service honoring his life is 10 a.m. Monday, June 20, at Marshall Baptist Church. Burial is in the Livingston Cemetery, rural Marshall. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the church. Pearce Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Sisson was born March 30, 1972, the son of Ronnie Lee Sisson and Marcella Rose Sisson. He married Jill Ford Sisson, who is an English teacher at Marshall High School, on March 23, 2002. She survives.

Along with his two young children from a prior marriage, Roger and Jill had two additional children that collectively became the cherished family that survives him: sons, Thomas (Corrine) Sisson, an Eastern Illinois graduate, of Indianapolis, Ind., John (Alexandria) Sisson, also an Eastern Illinois graduate, of Chicago, and Aaron Sisson, a graduate of the inaugural class of the United States Space Force, currently stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo.; his treasured daughter, Carly Ford Sisson, a recent graduate of Marshall High School who will attend Southeast Missouri State University in the fall. The word proud is an understatement when describing how he felt about each of them. He is further survived by his dear mother, Marcella Rose Sisson of Bloomington, Ill.; his sister, Sondra (Jeff) Findley, of Bloomington, Ill., who he fondly addressed as “Sis”; his grandmother, Joyce Sisson of Hume; an uncle, Stewart Sisson of Indianapolis; his brother-in-law, Jeremy (Trisha) Ford of Knoxville, Tenn.; and his father-and mother-in-law, Jerry and Jenny Ford of Robinson and Rusty and Phyllis Glosser of Marshall; two nieces, Josie and Alexa Ford, and a nephew, Jeron Findley, each of whom adored their Uncle Roger. A product of a large extended family, many cousins, great-aunts and uncles also mourn his passing.

He was preceded in death by his father, who succumbed to the same unforgiving disease that led to his premature exit from this earth at age 57. In their reunion, they are undoubtedly discussing Roger’s children and Ronnie’s grandchildren, lamenting their life successes and how beautiful and accomplished they’ve become. Each of them was by Mr. Sisson’s side during the final days, compassionately embracing Dad with the love children of terrific parents easily reciprocate.

Mr. Sisson was a 1990 graduate of Paris High School where he was a standout athlete, competing in cross-country, basketball and baseball. He possessed a wide array of talents, including mastering multiple musical instruments, and playing in the prolific Paris High School band, leading them as drum major his junior and senior years. Athletically, he especially excelled in baseball and basketball, twice earning all-Apollo Conference accolades in basketball.

A life-long Boston Red Sox fan, he was fortunate to have made two visits to Boston’s historic Fenway Park, realizing a long-standing desire to see his team at their home quarters. He specifically admired the skills of Hall of Fame player Wade Boggs, who, ironically, he shared a name with.

Mr. Sisson was a believer in Christ and Christian values. His life could be described as one of servant leadership, whether presiding as an elder or participating in the praise band at his church, as Little League coach to his children, scorekeeper for their junior high basketball teams, a devoted fan and supporter of his daughter’s swimming accomplishments or his career as a Marshall Police Officer, where he served as a trusted and valued contributor to the Marshall community. A quiet and reflective leader, he was one to analyze a situation before acting.

As an entertaining anecdote, when his children became older, one of the boys thought their skills had rivaled their father’s basketball. Mr. Sisson’s assessment: “He’s talked the trash, but he hasn’t taken it to the curb yet.” That talk ceased shortly after a visit to a nearby court where he put the discussion to rest.

Mr. Sisson fought valiantly the past 18 months, at one point existing in a medically-induced sleep state that left the family questioning whether he would survive. But he continued to battle, and when he awoke, seeing his beloved Jill for the first time in several days, he smiled and said, “I’m indestructible.” Sadly, like every mortal, his earthly existence could not sustain that claim, but his legacy and memory absolutely will.

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. “ 2 Corinthians 5:1.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Project or Shop With A Cop.

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