Ronald D. Sissel

January 1, 1947August 3, 2010

Ronald D. Sissel, 63, of Davenport, died Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm at The Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the service at the mortuary. Cremation rites were accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his granddaughters, Layken and Peyton Bytnar in care of Dick Jensen for their future needs. Online condolences may be left at

Ron was born January 1, 1947, being the first baby born in the Quad Cities that year, to Gilbert and Evelyn (Muhs) Sissel. He graduated from West High School in 1965 and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He then graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972 and married his first wife, Judith Johnston in 1972, the mother of his son, Mark.

Ron went to work for Sears Roebuck in management in Rochester, MN. After graduating, he worked as a salesman for Great Western Supply in Davenport for many years. He bought the Davenport Crockery, a tavern supply company and also started Party Plus, a retail party store and operated it for many years. He began Sissel Construction, a re-modeling company and operated it until his retirement. He was a member of the Davenport Jaycees and was a current member of the Davenport Elks Lodge #298. Through the Jaycees, he was elected to the Miss Iowa Pageant Board of Directors serving in several positions and judging many local pageants in Iowa, Illinois and Oklahoma. He also attended the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City for five years.

Ron married his second wife, Char Jensen in 1993.

Those left to honor his memory include his son, Mark Sissel and his fiancé, Jen Westerhof, Davenport along with their daughter due in December, Mark’s mother, Judith Johnston, Arizona, stepchildren: Sara Bytnar and Scott Jensen, both of Davenport and their mother, Char Sissel, Bettendorf, twin granddaughters, Layken and Peyton Bytnar, Davenport, their father, Bobby Bytnar, Davenport, brothers: Don (Vicky) Sissel, Davenport and Kevin Sissel, Bettendorf, sister, Barb Martens and her fiancé, Tom Dohrn, Davenport and a family friend, Delores Brown, Davenport. His parents preceded him in death.

Ron loved to work and keep busy at all times; especially enjoying golf with his buddies and will miss taking their money every Sunday. Prior to his getting ill, the best time of his life was being around his granddaughters and watching them grow into the smart and fun-loving little ladies that they have become – his hope was that he would be a guardian angel to them from above.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 5, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ronald D. Sissel

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August 9, 2010

Dear Sissel Family,
My deepest sympathies to your family over the loss of Ron, he will be greatly missed. He was a good man.

Lori Wegler
Chaska, MN


August 8, 2010

I am so very sorry to hear the loss of Ron. When a loss happens the love of family and friends, distant and close by, heartfelt sympathy is present to support you all. I remember Ron from Grace Methodist Church on Telegraph Road. Fond memories comfort us all. I pray for his young soul.
Jo Anne (Caster) Ragland

Dave Schwarz

August 6, 2010

I've known Ron my whole life. When we were young, Ron was busy doing the right thing while Don and I were normally busy doing the wrong thing. I'm going to miss Ron along with everyone who knew and loved him. Dave

Sherri Rees

August 5, 2010

Please accept my sincere sympathies. Rejoice that Ron is in a better place now and keep your memories of him close to your heart.


August 5, 2010

To Mark, Jen and Judith,
I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

Sherri Rees

August 5, 2010

To Judith, Mark and Jen...My sympathies are with you. I know that Ron is in a better place and has left you with many good memories to keep in your hearts.

Debbie Schwarz

August 5, 2010

My last memory of Ron was walking with him at Lake Keowee. He told me many stories of time spent with his granddaughters. He will be missed. Love and Peace to you all

David Maslowski

August 5, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are for those left to honor Ron. I met Ron many years ago when I was involved in the Miss Iowa Pageant. Not only was he a friend, he was my mentor. He was always upbeat and positive, always had a smile, and always made those around him feel welcome and worthwhile. He made a difference in those who knew him. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Bob Russell

August 5, 2010

To the family of Ron. I would like to offer my sincere condolences. We had many good times in our chilhood together and I have not forgotten them. Living in Arkansas I will not be able to attend the service but my thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Richard Farmer

August 4, 2010

As we pass through life we meet people who make a difference in our life. Ron was one, when you met him , you knew he was a special person, who would make you feel at ease and important. He always was trying to make life a little easer for everyone. No matter what problems you may have, he would offer encouragement. He will be missed by all his friends. God Bless him and his family. REF