Thurman Estis Sisney, 89

Funeral services for Thurman Estis Sisney, 89, of Emporia, Kansas, were held March 20, 2021, at Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo, Kansas. Mr. Sisney died March 12 at his home.

He was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Arkansas, the son of Joseph ‘Joe’ and Effie Berry Sisney. He was one of 20 full and half-siblings. For many years, he was employed at Hetlinger Developmental Services. He was a member of many churches over the years, including Hartford Christian Church and Didde Catholic Church. He was also a member of Special Olympics.

 Mr. Sisney was a quiet, kind man. He loved to visit with people and rarely spoke about himself, other than talking about his family, including Grandma, Ardie and Archie, to name a few. He always asked and talked about his friend Monte. He never missed asking his doctor how his children or his wife were doing at every appointment. For Mr. Sisney, doctor appointments were his time to catch up on “your” news. He never missed asking a person about themselves or their family or what car they were driving now or “Where you working at now?” 

He was always looking out for others and spoke up often to persons who could help others around him to ensure they had the care and help they needed. He loved all the people in his home: Candie, Monica, Yvonne, Loretta, Jon, Joy, Lori, Barbara, Kena, Jaimie, Rhenea, Sam, Quentin, Dena, Frankie, Sara P., Sheila, Gina, and many more from past to recent years. Any time spent with Mr. Sisney was an experience of peacefulness and calm. Recently, he spent many evenings with his friend, Joy, listening to Christian music on K-LOVE radio.

He is survived by his brothers, Orville Sisney of Caufield, and Glennie Sisney of Gassville, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews, including Ardie of Burlington, Kansas; his very dear friend Monte Miller of Emporia; and countless friends at QUEST, Hetlinger and Hetlinger CDDO, all of Emporia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Effie Sisney; brothers Archie, Homer and Arvest; and sisters Minnie and Fay. 

Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to QUEST Services, Inc. and may be sent c/o Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, 107 W. 6th, Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856.

Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, Lebo, directors.

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