James Kisner, 96

James Edward "Jim" Kisner, 96, of Wabash, died at 8:10 pm, Monday, March 27, 2017, at Parkview Wabash Hospital. 

He was born Aug. 13, 1920 in Wabash County, to Homer and Hazel (Early) Kisner.

Jim was a 1938 graduate of Lagro High School. He married Mary Jeanette Beghtel in Wabash on Oct. 19, 1945; she died Oct. 31, 2000. Jim served on the Board of Directors for 1st National Bank/Wabanc of Wabash. He was a member of the Wabash Elks Lodge.  Jim was a caregiver to his wife and family. He was an avid reader, was interested in education, but most of all he loved farming.  

He is survived by two children, Tom (Joyce) Kisner of Nokomis, Fla., Jane (Bruce) Stover of Noblesville; three grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) Kisner of Orlando, Fla., Doug (Jaime) Kisner of Venice, Fla., and Cynthia "Cindy" Smitherman of Westfield; six great-grandchildren, Joshua Kisner and Jacob Kisner, both of Orlando, Logan Kisner and Evan Kisner, both of Venice, and Kaylee Smitherman and Tyler Smitherman, both of Westfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Jane Kisner Daugherty.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating. Friends may call 4 - 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Private graveside services will be held in Falls Cemetery. 

Preferred memorial is Wabash County Historical Society.

The memorial guest book for Jim may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Mar 29