TOM KISSEE Monday, August 12, 1935 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Tom Kissee was born in Ozark, Missouri, on Aug. 12, 1935, to Raymond and Alta Kissee. He was a 1953 graduate of Ozark High School.
He enjoyed coyote hunting and good Walker hounds. While hunting with Comer Owen at the J. Sam Williams Farm in Southwest Springfield, Tom met Juliette Williams, and they were married in 1956.
A lifelong career in cattle marketing began for Tom during his high school years, working at the Springfield Stockyards. After almost 50 years at the downtown stockyards, Tom was proud to be one of the founding owners of the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center in 2002. This year marks his 65th year of service in the livestock marketing industry. Tom was a well-respected cattleman in Southwest Missouri, and an avid breeder of Chianina cattle. Tom and Julie were honored by the Ozark Empire Fair with the Pioneer Award in 2014.
Tom was extremely honored to provide the Stockyard facilities to host the Sac River Cowboy Church in the sales arena, where he also attended as a member.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Juliette, along with son Tom “Tonto” and LuAnn of Springfield; daughters, Julie and Kent Herzog of Sealy Texas, Kelly and Rob Postin of Stephens, Georgia; as well as five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Don Kissee, of Ozark.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 W. Independence Dr., Springfield, MO 65802 (I-44 at Exit 70), under the care of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Private graveside services and burial will be in Brookline Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, 949 E. Primrose, Springfield, MO 65807; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Family and friends may post online condolences on this website, at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com