Walter L. Sisley Jr.

January 2, 1933August 27, 2012
Play Tribute Movie

Walter L. Sisley, Jr. passed peacefully into eternal rest at his home on August 27, 2012. Walter was born on January 2, 1933 in Ravenna, Ohio the beloved son of Walter Eugene and Helen Kathryn (Pittman) Sisley. He was the first baby born in Portage County in 1933.

He grew up in Blackhorse and attended Ravenna Twp. School. During high school he was a football and track star graduating in 1951.

Walter met his wife Bonnie (Miner) at a dance after a basketball game when they were both freshmen; she attending Edinburg High School at the time. They were married on June 22, 1952 and just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have three children Thomas (Marla) of Ravenna; Kathy at home; and Todd of Ravenna. They also have four grandchildren: Brenton, Jared, Matthew and Katelyn. Walter dearly loved spending time with his family and adored his grandchildren who all have special memories of their “PaPa”.

Walter began his bricklayer apprenticeship following graduation with P. L. Frank Co. He and Bob Moser formed Moser & Sisley, Inc. in 1959 and were partners for many years. Walter was well known in the area as an excellent mason. He and his crew left their mark on many buildings in Portage County. The building he was most proud of was the Ravenna Savings Bank on East Main St. in Ravenna. He called it his monument.

He was an avid hunter and enjoyed over 40 years of deer hunting season in Kane, PA with his many hunting buddies. His greatest joy was preparing for those trips. He made his last trip to Kane in summer 2011 with Harry Bradley and John Languth. He also enjoyed fishing and bear hunting in Canada. Walter and Bonnie had a great time on many trips with family friends Larry and Linda Goodyear; an Alaska Cruise, white water rafting the Grand Canyon at age 68; touring New York and the east coast and their final trip to Yellowstone.

Walter was a lifetime member of the Ravenna Christian Church where he served as Elder, Deacon, Usher, Trustee and chairman of the property committee. He was the mason contractor during the construction of the education wing of the church. He was a life member of the Ravenna Elks Lodge 1076 and also a member of the National Rifle Association.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Bernice Klohn, and his brother-in-law William Strausser. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Miner) Sisley, his children and grandchildren as well as his brother, James (Beverly) Sisley, his sister Marlene Strausser, and his brother-in-law Fred Klohn. He also leaves many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and his latest faithful dog, Sydney.

Friends will be received Wednesday, August 29, 2012, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, with an Elks Service taking place at 7:45 PM. Reverend Wayne Enders will officiate the funeral service at 11:00 AM on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared at Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Christian Church of Ravenna, Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice, or the Portage Animal Protective League.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 30, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  • Elks Service Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Walter L. Sisley Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

frank and ruth henthorne

September 8, 2012

Dear Bonnie and family,
Was sorry to hear of Walter's passing. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Received your letter and just viewed the photo gallery and wanted to express our sympathy for your loss.

Dan Dobbels

August 31, 2012

Please accept our sincerest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dan Dobbels

Rick Vincent

August 30, 2012

Tom and Family,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences and let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.

Best Regards,

Rick Vincent

Linda and Larry Goodyear

August 30, 2012

Dear Bonnie, Todd and Tom, Our shared memories of Walt and family extend over decades. We will so miss Walt's laughter, teasing and the twinkle in his eyes. Our hearts grief with you all during this painful time.

August 30, 2012

I graduated highschool with Tom and played football with him, sad to hear of his passing.
John Wiles (Scottsville KY)

Jeffrey Romes

August 29, 2012

Dear Tom and Family
I just want to offer my condolences, I hope these small words offer you some comfort in this time of loss.

Jeffrey Romes


August 29, 2012


Sorry to hear this.

Elizabeth and Jozef Zurawski

August 29, 2012

Dear Tom, our deepest condolences and we hope for some comfort to you and the family in this difficult time.We are sorry we could not be there in person to pay our respects.

Erin & Frank Shreve

August 29, 2012

Dear Sisley Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

August 29, 2012


My thoughts and prayers are with you and with those who are most precious to you during this difficult time. Please accept my expression of sympathy.

Neil Rice