NORMAN — Walter Lee Sisson, 87, longtime Norman resident, passed away peacefully by his wife’s side in his home Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. He was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Stockton, Calif. to Carl Hinckley Sisson and Eva Lynn Haynes Sisson.
He and his five brothers lived on a homestead one mile south of Commanche, Calif., which burned down in April 1925. They rebuilt and lived at the homestead until 1932.
Walter was saved at a tent revival at the age of 9. His family moved near Wallace, Calif. where he attended grade school and high school at Calaveras County.
In his sophomore year, he joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 with his parent’s permission. He did boot camp at Farragut, Idaho and signal school in San Diego. He served on Ulithi Atoll in the western Pacific as a second class signalman until Dec. 25, 1945. He then went to Guam and finally to Siapan to serve on LCI 1031. He was honorably discharged in May 1946.
After the war, Walter located in Canby, Calif. where his parents lived, and he finished high school. Here he worked in a saw mill until 1947. He moved to Sacramento, Calif., working as an IBM operator for the State of California Department of Employment from 1948 to 1949. It was here that he met his future wife-to-be, Wilma Jean Unruh in 1949, who had come from Enid to visit friends. In December 1949, he relocated to Enid where he and Wilma Jean were married on Dec. 27, 1949. To this union two children were born, Jack Douglas and Jill Dorene.
He was employed by OG&E until Feb. 1959, when he and his wife purchased a Christian bookstore which they named Sisson’s Christian Bookstore in downtown Enid, selling it in 1977. Walter was, in addition during this time, a traveling sales representative for The Church of God Publishing Company, Warner Press, Anderson, Ind., from 1971 to 1979. He served as an ordained deacon for First Baptist Church in Enid.
In July 1979, he and his wife moved to Norman where they purchased a Kwik Kopy Printing franchise. They operated the business until selling in 2006 and retiring to their country home. During the time they operated the bookstore and the print shop, they attended yearly conventions and took side trips to many places of interest. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Norman and the Norman Kiwanis Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Reverend Carl and Eva Lynn Sisson of Enid; and four brothers, Edward, Charles, Richard and Neil Sisson.
Walter is survived by his wife, Wilma Jean Sisson of Norman; son and daughter-in-law Jack and Susan Sisson of Clarksville, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law Jill and Ray Allen of Broken Arrow; ten grandchildren, Jacob Sisson, Ross Faith, Meghan Wotring and her husband Kevin, Hailey McDuffie and her husband Douglas, Phillip, Benjamin and his wife Miyuki, Ethan and his wife Laura, Miriam, Hannah and Keenan Sisson; and two great-grandchildren, Lorelle and Chyler Wotring.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. Saturday at West New Hope Dale Cemetery in Ringwood.
Arrangements for Walter and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.