Bob G. Rissler

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bob G. Rissler, 88, of Reelsville, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Putnam County Hospital.

Bob was born in Reelsville on July 16, 1928, the son of Clyde and Alma (Byers) Rissler, and was a graduate of Reelsville High School in 1946.

He graduated from Purdue University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture.

Mr. Rissler was a lifetime farmer in Putnam County.

He was a lifelong member of Big Walnut Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, trustee, moderator, Sunday school teacher and youth sponsor.

He was a past member of Farm Bureau, a member of the South Putnam School Corporation's first school board, and member of Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery Board. He also taught a Veterans' Agriculture Class after the war.

Bob was inducted into the Putnam County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1993. He was awarded the Hoosier Homestead Farm Award in October 2001.

He was an avid woodworker, and one of his State Fair woodworking projects was selected to be displayed at the governor's mansion in Indianapolis. He was also an avid gardener and mentor for youth in Putnam County.

Mr. Rissler married his wife of 65 years, Joan (Torr) Rissler on Nov. 30, 1951, and she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Mike Rissler, (wife Sandy), Reelsville, and Judy Off, (husband John), Bunker Hill; four grandchildren, Kristen Rissler, Lebanon, Kelsey Rissler, Reelsville, Justin Off, (wife Stacey), Carmel, and Jessica McKeever, (husband Zach), Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret (Rissler) Jackson.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6 at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, Greencastle, with the Rev. Dr. Jim Walter and Pastor Kevin Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery.

Friends may call at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 5 from 4-8 p.m. or one hour prior to time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to: Big Walnut Scholarship Fund, 5512 W. Co. Rd. 950 South, Reelsville, IN 46171.

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