James Edward McKissack

February 21, 1943 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

James McKissack Obituary

MUNCIE - James Edward McKissack, 80, passed

away Monday, January 8, 2024, with his loving

family at his side. He was born on February 21,

1943, in Muncie, Indiana. His zest for life, coupled

with his adventurous spirit, made him a beloved

figure in the community he called home. James

lived a life that was as full and vibrant as the cowboy

spirit he carried from his young age. For the past

year and a half, he resided at Signature Healthcare

of Muncie, IN.

He attended Stevenson School in Muncie, IN

until the third grade. He and Joetta met in the third

grade. He then attended and graduated from Center

High School in 1961.

James was a dedicated toolmaker, retiring from

General Motors of Muncie, after 32 years, in 1993

after a career filled with hard work and diligence.

He also owned and operated The Powder Keg gun

shop for 45 years, starting in 1972. His commitment

to his craft was only one facet of his multifaceted

personality. He was also an avid outdoorsman,

with a love for hunting and fishing. He collected,

traded and restored guns with the same precision he

brought to his work. This passion led him to become

a member of numerous associations, including the National Muzzle Loading

Rifle Association, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, and the Ameri-

can Single Shot Rifle Association. His sharpshooter skills were well known,

and he won many trap shooting competitions, bringing pride to his family

and friends. He practiced his faith attending the Albany Christian Church.

James’ love for life wasn’t limited to his work and hobbies. He was a loving

and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Married

to Joetta (Turley) McKissack, his high school sweetheart, since August 19,

1962, he was always there for his family. His love for Joetta was as enduring

as his beard, which he had kept since 1968, symbolizing his steadfast spirit.

James was a proud father to James “Randy” McKissack and Shonda Kane,

adoring father-in-law to Leann, as well as a cherished grandfather of seven

and great-grandfather of ten. His family was his pride and joy, the heart of

his life. His dedication to them was as evident as his dedication to his work

and hobbies.

As we remember James, let’s recall the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to

be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and

lived well.” James lived well, and he made a difference. He made his mark

on the world with his unique blend of dedication, adventure, support, and

love. Those who loved him will forever cherish his life, his smile, his laughter,

and his memory.

We invite you to join us in celebrating James’ life on Monday, January

15, 2024, at 1:00 pm EST at Wilson-Shook Funeral Homes And Cremation

Center (Thornburg Memorial Chapel), 2048 North 1000 West, Parker City,

Indiana, 47368. A visitation will be held earlier the same day at 11:00 am EST.

In celebrating his life and legacy, we encourage you to leave your memories

of James and upload photos on the memorial page at www.wilsonshookfh.

com. James’ life was a tapestry woven with the threads of dedication, adven-

ture, support, and love. Let’s keep his spirit alive by sharing our cherished

recollections and photos of him.

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January 15, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wilson-Shook Funeral and Cremation Center
2048 N. 1000 W.
Parker City, IN 47368

Funeral Service
January 15, 2024

1:00 PM
Wilson-Shook Funeral and Cremation Center
2048 N. 1000 W.
Parker City, IN 47368


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