James "Jim" Sisk

Born: Thu., Jun. 30, 1955
Died: Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 28, 2019
Location: Park Lawn Cemetery

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James A. “Jim” Sisk, 64, of Baylis, IL died on September 20, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Quincy, IL on June 30, 1955 to James Monroe and Veda Irene (Nichols) Sisk. He married Sherry Potter on March 22, 1975 in Barry and she survives.

Also surviving is a son, Bryan James (Kayla) Sisk and a daughter, Amy Lynn (Derrick) Allison, three grandchildren; Devin Allison, Dylan Allison and Gabriel Allison along with four sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, a brother and a sister.

Jim attended Barry schools and graduated from Barry High School in 1973. He drove trucks for several years in the area before joining the U.S. Army in 1979. Jim served his country for 20 years until his retirement in 1999.  He served in Desert Storm and was present during the signing of the Peace Treaty. A highlight of his Army career was during his command of his M60A-1 tank crew, they were the first crew to score a perfect 1000 on Table VIII Tank Range in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He was a highly decorated combat veteran including Valorous Unit Award and Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 bronze stars. He liked to watch sports and enjoyed NASCAR and was a huge Cardinal and St. Louis Blues fan.

As per his wishes cremation rites will be accorded. Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Park Lawn Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Barry American Legion Post#22 and the US Army Reserve Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to the family in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organization:

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   Posted Sat September 21, 2019
It is hard to lose a friend and classmate. I hope that Jim realized he was a friend. I thought the world of him and we did have a lot of fun in school. He and Sherry invited us to their home when our son was at Fort Knox and we had a great evening. I will always have fond memories of Jim and Sherry and I can't imagine your pain. Please know that you are thought of and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You have my email, so please keep in touch if you so chose.

Edward and Brenda Vaughan
   Posted Sat September 21, 2019
You will be missed brother.

Lee Phillips
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
My deepest sympathies. I was thinking of Jim not long ago of when we were all in HS and how hard he could throw. He held the record for longest softball throw his Sr year in HS. I honestly had not seen him since 1979 when he came home from basic on leave and talked a bit. RIP.

Steve Higgins
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
Bryan, Amy and the rest of the family and loved ones, I am sorry for you loss. Jim will never be forgotten. God bless you all!

Steve and Gisela

SFC(R) MacArthur Hilbert
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
I send my condolence to his family. Sergeant Sisk was my first tank commander and he was also a father figure to me! When my wife and I moved into our apartment he and his wife gave us some things for our apartment. He and his wife also had us over a couple of times for dinner. I give him all the credit for shaping me into the soldier was. He kept me out of a lot of trouble. I love you my brother in arms and rest easy! Until we meet again!

Jim Nepute
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
My deep condolences to Sherry and the entire Sisk Family. Then-Staff Sergeant Sisk was one of my tank commanders during Operation Desert Storm in Delta Company 2nd Battalion 34th Armor Regiment. He was a consistently professional Soldier and leader who commanded his crew and fought his tank with valor. He was a steady presence in a very chaotic environment. I was fortunate to have several outstanding Non Commissioned Officers in my unit, and SSG Sisk was definitely among them. I know you are very proud of him, as you should be. He will always be remembered fondly and respectfully by his brothers-in-arms. Fear God and Dreadnaught! until we meet again on Fiddler's Green.

Sherry, with your permission, I would appreciate the opportunity to attend your husband's funeral. If not, I completely understand, but it would be my honor to be able to pay my respects to him in person. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jan Motley
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
My deepest condolences to Sherry and family. It's difficult to believe one who loved life so completely is no longer with us. May the sweet memories of your loved one carry you through this grievous loss.

Ron and Donna Roberts
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
Jim was a neffue of Donna"s and he will be missed, may God Bless the family.

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