A Jamestown resident most of his life, Rissel was born April 23, 1918, in Buffalo, a son of Frank and Marjorie Ranck Rissel.
Rissel was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, serving in the African and European theaters from 1942 to 1946.
Very active in sporting circles, he had been a semi-professional baseball player with numerous teams, a founder and charter coach of the Muny A baseball league and had also coached county and Babe Ruth league teams.
A top area classic league bowler, with many team, singles and doubles tournament victories, he had several American Bowling Congress Awards for high games and series. Rissel had also had several television appearances in Buffalo and Albany.
He received the Morrie Mistretta Sportsmanship Award for the 1982-83 season. Rissel attended Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church and was a member of John W. Tiffany Post, VFW.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joyce Phillips, whom he married November 15, 1941; a son, James A. Rissel; a daughter, Barbara Stewart; four grandchildren, Elaine and Bryon Rissel, Fred Stewart and John Newhall III, all of Jamestown; a brother, Luther Rissel of Jacksonville, FL, and two sisters, Mary Anderson of Bay Head, NJ and Messina, NY, and Florence Haglund of Kennedy.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald E. Modisher, pastor of Kidder Memorial U.M. Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.