Alan Leo Kisner, 62, of Bridgeport, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO. His memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Pastor Ray Cook officiating. Private family inurnment will be at the Redington Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that memorials in Alan’s honor be made in care of the church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made by viewing Alan’s memorial page at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com. Bridgman Funeral Home in Bridgeport will be entrusted with arrangements.
Alan was the son of C.H. “Shorty” and Judy Ott Kisner. He was born on November 9, 1956 in Lewiston, ID. Alan received his education and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1975. He then joined the U.S. Navy immediately after graduation. He had an honorable medical discharge after serving two years.
After being discharged, he began working for BNSF Railroad. He worked on the gangs that repaired and built new track. Alan could swing a sledgehammer just as good as anyone. Alan learned to run every machine that was on the gangs. He enjoyed the challenge of learning new things. He was a member of the Railroad Maintenance of Way Union.
When he quit the railroad after twenty-one years, he began working for Progress Rail where he ran the locomotive for moving the cars around for repair as well as bringing whole trains in to do the repair work on. He worked for Progress Rail for almost twenty years. He worked hard his whole life.
Alan was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper. He would shoot an animal, bring it home and skin it, then wash the pelt and make it beautiful. He took a lot of pride in his pelts and always got top dollar for them. He caught many fish that he received master angler awards for. Alan always dressed all of his own deer that he shot because he was very particular about how they were cared for since his dad was a meat man.
He married Ardis Nichols in April of 1982. They have a son, Quincy that brought joy and fulfillment to the home.
Alan is survived by his wife Ardis; son Quincy of Rock River, WY; sister Cathy (Smitty) Grundy of Grand Junction, CO; sister-in-law Marlene Schultz of Covina, CA; four nephews; two nieces; and several great as well as great-great nieces and nephews.
His parents and grandparents preceded him in death.