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William V. “Bill” Sisney

William V. “Bill” Sisney, 81, Clinton, died peacefully at his home Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 6, 2017.
He was born in Sacramento, Calif., on Aug. 9, 1936, the son of Ernest Raymond Sisney and Edna Earl (Ellison) Sisney. He married Laura Lea Powell in Kansas City on Nov. 25, 1956. She survives of the home.
Bill graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kan., and attended Draughon’s Business College. He turned his love of guns from a hobby into his vocation as an antique firearms dealer for 55 years. He was on various boards of directors, including the Skidmore Foundation, member of the Buffalo Bill Historical Society, Colt Association, Texas Gun Collectors Association, Winchester Collectors Society, a founding member of the Missouri Valley Arms Association and was a founding member and on the board of directors of Marlin Collectors Society and Collectors Arms Dealers Association.
He attended Northeast Baptist Church. He enjoyed antiques of all kinds, traveling, reading, family, firearms of all kinds and museums. Bill was a member of Clinton Elks Lodge #1034, Clinton, and the Optimists of Kansas City, Kan.
Bill was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy. While in the service he served as a gunner’s mate on the USS Oriskany. Bill was credited with being responsible for the Oriskany receiving its first flag for putting the Oriskany on the map for his boxing skills.
In addition to his wife, Laura, he is survived by one daughter, Kathie Jo Elliott, Farmington; one son, William Kyle Sisney and wife, Cari, Clinton; six grandchildren, JoLynne Vielbig, Billy Vielbig, William Taylor Sisney, Laura Elliott, Tahlia Sophia Sisney and Ellison James Sisney; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Vielbig, Charlie Vielbig and Ocean Lee Sisney; two sisters, Barbara Daniels and husband, Lee, Bolivar, and Shirley Goodwin, Harlingen, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, at Northeast Baptist Church, 619 East Lincoln Street, Clinton. Officiating were the Rev. Robert Fenwick, Rev. Gary Garrett and Rev. Joey Conway.
The family received friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m., at the church. Interment was in Englewood Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Seeds of Faith Preschool, Heartland Hospice or Northeast Baptist Church. These donations may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at