John W. Kissack II, 54

John W. Kissack II, 54, passed away Dec. 21, 2012, at the Fremont Area Medical Center in Fremont, after two years of care at Birchwood Manor in North Bend, following a brain injury.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Christ the King Church in Gering on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. with Fr. Gerald Harr officiating. Inurnment will be at Fairview Cemetery near his paternal grandparents. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group or to the Epilepsy Foundation of America; Masses to Christ the King Church in Gering. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Gering Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

He was born Nov. 3, 1958, at St. Mary's Hospital in Scottsbluff, and was the only son of John and Marjorie (Monasmith) Kissack and the second of five children. He was educated in Gering and Lincoln elementary and middle schools.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at 16, John met with overwhelming challenges but managed to live a free spirited life. He worked for Kelley Bean Co. in Gering and at the molasses plant offices of the Great Western Sugar Company in Scottsbluff.
 
John had many loves in his life, including his special nieces Jessica, Keilah and Briana Gloria of Omaha; April Fiet of Dumont, Iowa, Sara Helmink of Lincoln and Natalie Jesse of Laramie, Wyo.; special biker friends Scott Mackrill of McGrew, Ron Worden "Jingles" of Mitchell and Ron Brown of Harrisburg; special friend Brian Cornish of Scottsbluff; special caregiver and friend Angel Palmer and her mother Sharon; Betty Kincheloe of Crook, Colo., and numerous friends from Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
 
He received his GED from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE and attended West Nebraska Community College (WNCC) in Scottsbluff, where he met the challenge of earning a degree in art. He also took a practical course in welding. His two years there were a highlight of his life. His art classes with Drs. Dougherty and Sever were very rewarding. He enjoyed the friends he made there, especially having coffee with them in the Cougar Den.
 
One summer he participated in a dig for fossils at St. John's through WNCC. The summer was hot with 110-degree heat. Another special event was camping out with his friend Scott and his dog Rogue on a trip to California and Oregon.  He also enjoyed hiking at Buffalo Creek. His hobbies included cooking, collecting antiques and trading vintage comic books on e-Bay.
 
John was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering and a member of Scout Troop #3 at the church. He attained the rank of Star. His boyhood friends included Mike Robinson, Tom Robinson, and Billy (deceased) and Kenny McBride all of Gering.
 
In 1995 another highlight of his life was his motorcycle trip to New York and Woodstock II. There, he lived with the Rainbow people and helped with the concerts. In addition, traveling to Sturgis, S.D., in August and camping with other bikers was exciting for him.
 
John's many interests led him to study astrology and geology. He was an avid rock collector and enjoyed viewing the stars and moon. He always knew when the meteor showers would occur. Also, he was a talented swimmer and loved swimming in lakes. He enjoyed Christmas shopping for his family and friends, and he usually bought special or unusual gifts for them.
 
John is survived by his parents John and Marjorie Kissack of Gering, four sisters: Susan Helmink and Diana Dally both of Lincoln, Kathleen (Tim) Emick of Aurora, Colo., Barbara Jesse of Laramie, Wyo.; three special nephews, Zachary Emick of Eaton, Colo., Michael Helmink of Hemingford and Nicholas Jesse of Laramie, Wyo.; aunts and uncles Dick and Connie Kissack of Clinton, Iowa, and John and Ruby Monasmith of Crawford.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Orland and Barbara Monasmith of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, and his paternal grandparents Elmer and Marie Kissack of Gering.
 
Our hearts are broken. We will miss John dearly, especially sharing the Denver Nuggets and Broncos games with him. We want to thank the Alliance Good Samaritan Care Center and Birchwood Manor of North Bend for their loving care.

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