Cover photo for Walter "Shorty" Earl Bissett's Obituary
Walter "Shorty" Earl Bissett Profile Photo
1937 Walter "shorty" 2022

Walter "Shorty" Earl Bissett

May 12, 1937 — May 14, 2022

Walter “Shorty” Earl Bissett, age 85, of Rutan, passed away on May 14, 2022 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Born May 12, 1937, in New Freeport, the son of the late Earl and Violet (Cook) Bissett.

On September 7th, 1957 Shorty married Carol Campbell. They remained happily married for 58 years before her passing on December 6th, 2015.

Shorty graduated from Center Township High School in 1955. In 1955, Shorty enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves, taking his basic training at Fort Knox, KY; then assigned to Company C, 429th Engineer Construction Battalion, Waynesburg, PA. During the 1961 Cuban Crisis, he was activated to Fort Bragg, NC for one year. Shorty continued to serve in the Reserves for a total of 7 years.

Shorty was an active member of the Unity Presbyterian Church located in Graysville. In 1957, he was hired by Manufacturers Light and Heat Company as a laborer, where he, at that time, earned a total of $94.34 take home pay for 80 hours work. Shorty remained with the company for 40 years and 10 months until retiring as a welder from the Columbia Gas System.

Shorty is survived by his children, Ricky (Joyce) Bissett and Peggy Bissett, both of Rutan. Shorty was the last of the Earl Bissett Family.

In addition to his wife and parents, Shorty is preceded in death by siblings Bill Bissett, Paul Bissett, Hubert Bissett, George Bissett, Jean Antil, Rosemary Fletcher, and Marilyn Huskey.

At the request of Shorty, all services are private and have been entrusted to the Kesterson-Rush Funeral Home, LLC., 3275 W. Roy Furman Hwy., Rogersville, PA 15359; Telephone 724 499 5181.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Please view and sign the online Tribute Wall at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Walter "Shorty" Earl Bissett, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 50

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree