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.