Robert ?Dale? Hissam, 74, of Monaca, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, South Beaver Township.
Born May 24, 1938, in Hacker Valley, Webster Co., W. Va., he was a son of the late Doy K. and Hattie M. (Parsons) Hissam. He was united in marriage to Virgie Mae (Coffman) Hissam on November 23, 1959. A retired bus driver, Dale was a coin expert and an avid hunter of deer and small game and fisherman, particularly stream fishing. Many area residents fondly remember Dale as ?the old man who sold fishing equipment in front of his home on Pennsylvania Avenue? and as a local legend at yard sales. He was a die-hard and faithful Steelers and Pirates fan.
Dale was a musician, specializing in guitar, with local country bands in the 1970?s, often entertaining at senior centers free of charge. He was known for his honesty, integrity and sense of humor. He has been assured of his place in Heaven by receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Dale will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife of over 50 years, Virgie Mae (Coffman) Hissam; his daughter, Loretta Jean Sayre and her husband, Michael, of Brighton Township and his son Richard Dale Hissam and his wife, Bonnie, of Beaver. Dale was the most wonderful and doting grandfather to five grandchildren, Jenny (Jonathan) Profili in Maryland, Thomas (Chelsea) Contenta of New Brighton, Michelle Hissam of Ellwood City, Mindy (Matt) Reider of Ellwood City and Richard Hissam of Beaver and two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Aaron Ristau and an expected great-grandchild in April 2013. He is also survived by four brothers, Kenneth (Vicki) Hissam of Baden and Eddie (Kathy) Hissam, Jimmie (Marlene) Hissam and Larry (Rosie) Hissam, all in West Virginia, and a sister, Barbara (John) McMillan, also in West Virginia.
In addition to his parents Dale was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Hissam in 1998; a grandson, Aaron David Masters; a sister, Margie Mae Hissam at the age of four, and a brother, Roger ?Wayne? Hissam who was shot at the age of 11.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10th, at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1200 Virginia Avenue, Monaca. Rev. John A. Watson and Pastor Michael Coleman will co-officiate. A lunch will follow in the church?s fellowship hall immediately following the service.
Private interment will take place in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Family of Robert Hissam, c/o Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca.
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