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Donald Gene Sisson

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Donald Gene Sisson

May 2, 1933 – April 12, 2011

Peters Creek resident, Donald Gene Sisson, 77, died on April 12, 2011, at the Fine Pearle Assisted Living Home in Anchorage.

Sisson was born May 2, 1933, near Logansport, Ind., to John and Ruth (Shuey) Sisson.

He met his wife, Kathy, in Logansport, and the couple arrived in Anchorage in 1952, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he went to work for the FAA as an electronics technician. Upon leaving the FAA, he started his own business, Sisson Guide Service. Through his tenure as a guide, he achieved the status of master guide. Sisson flew Super Cubs for many years in and out of the Birchwood Airport. His mechanical abilities enabled him to rebuild and repair many Super Cubs in his shop near his home and he taught many to fly.

The family said this of Sisson: "Don was tough as nails, stubborn as a mule and an independent Alaskan who loved his family and the outdoors. He was a homesteader who enjoyed boating, snowmachining, hunting, trapping, commercial fishing, and telling of life experiences. He will be dearly missed by his family, community and everyone who knew him."

Sisson was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; daughter Joni Dresnek; brother, Larry Sisson; and nine other siblings.

He is survived by his children, Sherry Quirk, Paul Sisson and Rusty Sisson; grandchildren, Jason Dresnek, DeAnna Bistodeau, Crystal Stearling, Heather Steeby, Katie Orozco and Logan Sisson; and many great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with the Cremation Society of Alaska.

Military services are pending for the week of April 24.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.