Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 2:14 pm
The Messenger, June 6, 2013
Completed arrangements are being announced for Merritt James Sisk, 85, of Fulton, who passed away June 3, 2013, at Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel in Fulton. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Dukedom.
Friends may call at the funeral home 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
His parents were Barber Sisk, a principal and math teacher, and Ruth (Ingliss) Sisk, a professional mother and grandmother. He was born in Dawson Springs, Ky., May 7, 1928.
He had five siblings who were Carolyn, Myrtle, Dortha, Ray and Charles, all of whom grew up in Kentucky, and all who spent most of their adult lives in Kentucky. He was in the U.S. Army for four years, serving in Italy, and he worked at Travis Air Force Base in California upon discharge. For 33 years he worked for the Bell Telephone system in its many organizations, beginning this long career in Fairfield, Calif., and moving on, soon thereafter, to Vacaville, Calif., where he lived for many years before taking a transfer with Bell South to Paducah, Ky., and, ultimately, to Fulton, where he spent the remaining 20 years of his career with the phone company, and the remaining 50 years of his life. After an early retirement at age 55, he worked a short time for a local cable company before he began working with Jerry Murray, a former homebuilder in the area.
A born mechanic as well, and a self-styled musician, he helped build and race cars, specifically being involved in drag racing in California and stock car racing locally in Western Kentucky, and he had the trophies to prove it. In addition, he always had one of the prettiest and fastest trucks or cars around town and a passion for keeping them in the best of shape. Teaching himself to play the accordion and the piano, he appeared on stage a few times in spite of his shyness and played with the best of them here in Fulton. He was also a bowler at the former Jet Lanes in the 1960s and 1970s and had trophies from that sport as well.
He was a motorcyclist for many years until a wreck ended that adventure, and he loved the outdoors. He water skied for decades and taught every child and grandchild he had to do the same. As he grew older and wiser, his risk-taking slowed, but up until just a few years ago he rarely said no to an invitation of camping and four-wheeling with his buddies.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Roselea Olive Sisk; two sons and his daughter, John Sisk of Benton, Ky., Randy Sisk of Prescott, Ariz., and Donna Robinson of Vacaville, Calif.; and three granddaughters, Leslie Puccio of Paducah, Angela Jones of Portland, Ore., and Destiny Marshner, also from Paducah.
A man who never met a stranger, and one that would do anything for anyone that needed anything, Merritt Sisk was widely known, sincerely liked and deeply loved by everyone he knew and everyone who knew him.
He will be profoundly missed by his friends and family.
Online tributes may be left at www.hornbeakfuneralchapel.com.