James Bissett, 58, Reedsburg, passed away at home early in the morning Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

He was born March 2, 1955.

Jim moved out west from New York right after graduating high school. He fell in love with the slower pace of South Dakota and settled in the Black Hills area.

He met and married Dvonna Geldreich in 1977. They began a family and had three children, Danica (Jeremy) Cossman of Madison, Keith (Sarah) Bissett of Sydney, Mont., and Alisa (Stephen) Shapotkin of Chicago, Ill. Jim was a proud grandpa of three grandsons and one granddaughter.

They moved to Wyoming in 1992, to Montana in 1995 and to Wisconsin in 2009.

Jim worked hard supporting his family as a self-taught skilled mechanic. He fixed everything — lawnmowers, cars, trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment.

Everywhere Jim lived he volunteered much of his time helping others understand the Bible. He volunteered many hours on the Regional Building Committee of Jehovah’s Witnesses, helping build or remodel Kingdom Halls. And he was a great source of encouragement to those who were discouraged, ill or in the hospital.

Jim enjoyed fishing, golfing, hockey, football and watching “The Voice” and “X-Factor” on television. But he did not like musicals.

There will be a visitation at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, and then a memorial at 3 p.m., at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, E10966 Hatchery Road, Baraboo. A reception is to follow. Details will be after the memorial.

The Farber Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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