Mark Joseph Bissler, age 31, tragically passed away in the afternoon December 31st, 2019 near his home in Overland Park, Kansas. Mark was born June 24th,1988 in Akron, Ohio, to Fred and Maureen Bissler.
Mark lived his earliest years in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio building forts, splashing, and laughing with his brother and 3 cousins Alex, Meredith, and Thomas on 7th Street. He and his family moved from Ohio to Overland Park, KS at age 7 where he did his schooling, graduated high school in 2007, and days later joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He served honorably 2007-2012 including volunteering for an active duty deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-2010. More recently, Mark’s career took him outdoors, working at Garmin as a marine pro-staff field specialist, supporting the professional fishing circuits. He was developing a new love for fishing and learning a few tricks of the trade.
Mark was always passionate about what he was working on, but always with an eye for the next challenge or adventure. He loved to learn. He sought mentorship. He was happy to share about the latest book he read on quantum theory or Bluetooth mesh technology. He would also gladly summarize the plot or retell a joke from any movie or TV show you asked for, or even if you did not ask.
Mark’s smile is well known to his friends who will carry it on with them in their hearts. Mark was a good friend – a close friend for many, and a best friend for a few. We will miss him dearly.
Mark is lovingly remembered by his parents Maureen and Fred Bissler, brother Paul, sister-in-law Christine, nephew Raymond, niece Clara, and his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial gathering will be held Monday January 6th, 2020 5:00pm-7:00pm at Signature Funerals 406 D East Bannister Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131. Special remarks will be delivered at 6:00pm.
A visitation will be held in Kent, Ohio on Saturday January 11, 2020 from 3:00 to 5;00 at Bissler and Sons Funeral Home 628 W. Main St. Kent, Ohio 42240
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to St. Michael’s Veteran’s Center www.smvets.org, working to end homelessness among veterans in Kansas City. Financial donations can be made by check—St. Michael’s Veteran’s Center, 3818 Chelsea Drive, Kansas City, MO, 64128—oronline: https://www.smvets.org/get-involved.html
Beautiful description of our Mark. We all loved him to the moon. Jeff, Charlie, and Aunt Suzee will be flying in to Ohio for his Memorial.
You were one of the brightest minds I have ever had the privilege to serve with and I will miss our discussions that veered from one subject to another that had absolutely nothing to do with each other. I’m glad I got to see you one last time in November.
All of us at the JDRF Illinois Chapter are sending our thoughts and prayers to the BIssler family.
Mark was a shining light at Garmin. He always made you feel like he was excited to see you and wanted catch up on whatever had happened since the last encounter. He loved his role as a Marine pro-staff field specialist and shared many interesting anecdotes about his experiences with the anglers. He was chasing his dreams and characterized his assignments with the pro fisherman as “chasing excellence”. He approached his work with enthusiasm and professionalism. This is too little and too late but, “Mark, thank you for your service to us and our country!” I am better for having known him. He will be missed so much by so many.
Love you brother. ‘Til Valhalla, and Semper Fi.
I’m going to miss that guy with such a big heart and a very special laugh
Our hearts are breaking over the news of Mark’s passing. He will be missed by so many. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time.
I’m so very saddened to hear about this tragic, sudden,
early passing for my young cousin, Mark. I remember when he was born…& I remember him from our LARGE elaborate, extended-family Thanksgiving dinners as such a playful little boy w/such a lively glimmer in his eyes. Rest In Peace, dear cousin. ??
Rest In Peace my friend.
The world is darker without you in it. Rest In Peace, Biss.
Mark was quite a character, larger than life indeed. He came to be a part of our family back in the Holy across days via my brother Paul. Biss was so much fun to hang out with as long as I knew him. Both intelligent and caring as well. His laugh and smile brought joy everywhere he went, and anyone who met him was a better person for it. Thanks for being you Mark, you will be missed.
Lee, you are always the sweetest sweetheart! God bless you and I am so very sorry for our tragic loss of another family member ❤
The loss of this fine young man is tremendously heartbreaking and pains my soul to its core. My heart especially goes out to his parents and brother. May God bless them and I pray their grief be comforted sooner than later; if ever. May the Perpetual Light shine upon this sweet boy; who will be so missed by so many ❤
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