Leo Ansel Bissell, a near 60 year resident of Fort Lupton, born September 25, 1924 in Adair County, Iowa to Jennie (Wyllie) and Ansel Bissell, passed away December 28, 2020. Leo was raised by his Aunt Esther and Uncle Bill on a farm outside Corning, Iowa while attending Fairview rural school, graduating from Corning HS in 1942. He then traveled to Denver for employment before serving in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe. Upon discharge in 1945 he married Margaret Reese and set up farming in Stringtown, IA. Deciding to forgo farming, he accepted employment at Public Service Co. and they resettled to Denver in 1957 along with their three daughters. After the birth of their son they decided to raise the family in rural Fort Lupton.
Leo stayed active, while working and in retirement, with Lion’s Club, American Legion, Meals on Wheels (delivered), FLHS Booster Club (ran chains at football games), United Methodist Church (manned the elevator), enjoyed hunting trips, video poker in Black Hawk/Central City, and with Margaret traveled to 49 states, missing North Carolina.
Leo was preceded in death by Margaret, his daughter Denise, and his parents, aunt and uncle. His surviving family includes daughters D’Anne (Janice) of Seattle, Lindsay of Westminster, and son Dave (Jodi) of Henderson, grandsons Ian and Jordan, great grandchildren Daniel, Dahmia, and Darian.
No services were held. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of your choice.
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