Bruce Wayne Sisson

Overbrook – Bruce Wayne Sisson, 61, of Overbrook, Kan., died Friday, March 5, 2021, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka. He was born March 5, 1960 in Topeka to Robert Guy and Berniece Mae (McDiffett) Sisson. 

Bruce was raised in Richland, Kan., where his father Guy worked for Matney Brothers Construction. When the town was vacated in the late 1960s after the Army Corps of Engineers acquired the land for the flood plain of Clinton Lake, the family settled in Overbrook. 

Bruce was a graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School with the Class of 1978, where he was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Luther Billis in the musical “South Pacific.” He worked at his brother Bob’s gas and service station in Overbrook before purchasing the business in 1978. He was an entrepreneur at heart and owned many businesses in his lifetime, often in partnership with his brother Bob. In the early 1990s they owned a steak restaurant in south Carbondale called Southside that employed a large contingent of their family. They followed that with a pizzeria in Overbrook called Reunion Pizza. The brothers were also DJs for weddings, reunions and parties for many years. 

On his own, Bruce had many other jobs and business ventures. He always said you should never do anything that does not make you happy, and Bruce was determined to be happy. In his life he was a van and RV salesman, a cattle buyer, a T-shirt maker, an ice cream stand owner, a vinyl siding salesman, an auctioneer, a restaurant cook and bartender.

Bruce enjoying flying remote control airplanes but his first love was always fishing, which was a passion he learned from his father and shared with his brothers. He also enjoyed clay shooting.

For many years Bruce was “the voice of Overbrook” as the announcer for the Osage County Fair parade in Overbrook. He thoroughly enjoyed being a booster for the local community. He was especially proud of the Friend of 4-H Award that he was presented for announcing  4-H events through the years.

Bruce’s health was a concern in the last 20 years but he rarely let that hold him back. He underwent open heart surgery in 2003 and again in 2010. In the last years of his life, he relied on an LVAD Heart Pump, which, the family was told, he relied on for longer than any other person in state history. 

Bruce attended Overbrook Bible Church. He is survived by his brother Ben (Diana) Sisson, sisters Brenda (Tim) Gentry and Beverly (Bob) Ireland, all of Overbrook, his Aunt Wanda Burkhead, Gilbert, Ariz., along with many cousins, nephews and nieces. He is also survived by Ian (Hailey) Trego, whom he considered his adopted son. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law Robert “Bob” D. and Teresa “Beth” Sisson, Overbrook. 

Cremation is planned. A celebration of life will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Overbrook Library Community Room. Memorial contributions can be made to the Overbrook Historical Society, P.O. Box 344, Overbrook, KS 66524.

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  1. Our family loved living next door to Bruce. He was such a good friend and caring neighbor. He was always ready with his ornery smile and witty comments. We will always be grateful for his friendship and all of his great adventures and stories!

  2. I am very sorry to read of the passing of Bruce. He was a good person and enjoyed visiting with friends whenever our paths crossed. My thoughts and prayers are for the family at this difficult time.

  3. My sympathy and thoughts are with the friends and family of Bruce. His contributions and love for his community are traits to be admired and taken up by many others he touched. Eternal rest to him.

  4. Bruce was definitely one of a kind! Such a dear friend, certainly will miss visiting with him. We will see you again dear Bruce

  5. We could write a comical book on Bruce, back in the Steakhouse days!! He was a great bartender & friend. A smile comes across my face whenever thinking of all the years we played & worked together. The haunted house is one of my great memories, Bruce Running so fast from the house & falling in the ditch trying to get away from the ghosts. He will remain in my heart with so many good memories! My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

  6. My prayers goes out to all the family and friends. Bruce was a truly great person and he shall be missed. May he rest in peace.

  7. To the Sisson Family,

    Sorry for your loss. Bruce & I had alot of memories together. He was a good friend. We were classmates.

    • To the Sisson Family,

      Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the entire family. Bruce will be missed in so many different ways. We will cherish the fond memories we have of Bruce. We pray the family will lean on the many beautiful memories they each have with Bruce & find comfort. We have been blessed to have known so many members of this special family.

  8. Bruce was always happy go lucky. Always had time to visit with me. I considered him a true friend. He will be missed by many. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. Larry.

  9. Bruce was indeed one of a kind and a very remarkable man. He did many things in his short life and was good at all of them. But his “best thing” was being a friend. I always looked forward to our Overbrook visits. Fishing, trap shooting, flying model airplanes and eating. Loved the times spend with brothers Bob and Ben and sisters Bev and Brenda. What a wonderful family. I miss them all. And especially my friend Bruce.

  10. So sorry to hear about Bruce he was a good man he will be missed by
    all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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