October 30, 1942 —– November 8, 2021
Over six years after being given only six months to live Carl W. Kisling passed away in his sleep in the early hours of November 8th . Born on October 30th , 1942, to Carl D. and Bonnie Kisling (Burkey), Carl now joins them again in Heaven. His brother Don also predeceased him, but he is survived by his two sisters, Betty Darrow (Wayne) of Jasper, MO, and Rosetta Henry (David) of Lawrence, KS. He is survived by his wife, Jean Kisling (Iles), whom he married on June 12th , 1964. It was common for us to hear him say, “Honey I told you…” quickly followed by “Dammit Jean” in a tone of both love and frustration that only 57 years of marriage can develop. One of his biggest fears was leaving her behind so he promised to come back to help in any way possible. We imagine he and his brother-in-law Jim Clark are watching over Jean and her twin sister Jane Clark of Joplin, MO to make sure they don’t get in any trouble. Carl is also survived by his sister-in-law Janice Yount (Wes) of Polk City, FL. Carl was most happy when he had a purpose and he found purpose in sports and in his work. There wasn’t a sport he wouldn’t try: baseball, basketball, football, track, bowling, golf, darts, and more; and almost always he was just naturally good at them. Baseball/softball were his favorites for much of his life where he both played then later coached in the Babe Ruth League, played on traveling fast pitch teams in Joplin, Cincinnati, and Columbia, and would go on to coach both of his daughters in softball. In high school he played football and basketball before graduating from Sarcoxie High in 1960 and joining the National Guard, where he served until 1967. Concurrently he worked at Steadleys in Carthage for 10 years before getting a job at MFA Insurance in Columbia in 1971. There were a few brief years of working at Leggett and Platt in Cincinnati, OH from 1973-76 before returning to MFA (Shelter Insurance) in Columbia. Shelter is where he would retire in 1995 which was followed by a return home to Sarcoxie to farm (delicious) beef cows. Although he reminisced about his time at Shelter and would rattle off the first and last names of every co-worker he ever worked with, the farm is where he was most happy. Carl was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015 and his bull-headed stubbornness to fight against the cancer gave us years with him that we didn’t think we had. Those years were not always the greatest for him as later in 2015 he was given another reason to hate cancer when it took his youngest daughter Shawna. Like many fathers, he would have given anything to trade places with her. The fight against cancer took its toll on him and in 2017 he begrudgingly gave up the farm, but he wouldn’t stop fighting and continued to run an ever-expanding vegetable garden in his backyard. Well Carl, you don’t have to fight anymore; just promise to give Shawna a hug for us. He is survived by his loving eldest daughter Kecia Reddick (Kisling) and her husband Scott of Columbia, MO. He also leaves behind three treasured grandsons: Brandon Reddick (Melissa) of Columbia, Adam Reddick (Shanna) of Columbia, and Zane Reddick of Marion, AR. Carl has three wonderful greatgrandchildren as well: Mirabella, Jaxon, and Lincoln. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who he loved and cared for dearly; many of which were instrumental in keeping him going the last several years. For those who are able to make it, graveside services only will be held on Saturday, November 27th at 11:00am at Garber Cemetery in Newton County.