Leonard Harvey BISSWANGER6,3,1,2,4,5,7

1st Jun 19303,2,4,5 - 4th Jun 20083,1,2

Life History

1st Jun 1930

Born in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,2,4,5

13th Dec 2003

Death of Lorraine MURPHY in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.3,8,9

4th Jun 2008

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.3,1,2

Last residence

6th Jun 2008

Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2

Other facts


Married Lorraine MURPHY


Birth of daughter Living BISSWANGER


Birth of daughter Living BISSWANGER


Birth of son Living BISSWANGER


  • 1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 13 April, Ethel,District 1-26, page 6B, Oak Flat School and Church Rd, Hse #101, Rents$200
    Bisswanger, Al Head M W 32 Grade HS-1 b Arkansas same house in 1935Fisherman
    Bisswanger, Harriet Wife F W 30 Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935Housekeeper
    Bisswanger, Leonard Son M W 9 Single Grade 3 b Arkansas same house in1935
    Bisswanger, Charles Son M W 7 Single Grade 3 b Arkansas same house in1935
    Bisswanger, James Son M W 2 Single Grade 3 b Arkansas

    A cousin reports that Charles and Leonard Bisswanger were tall.  AndLeonard played professional baseball for a while.

    "The first two were rather tall, and Leonard especially so. He playedpro baseball."
    --  Kennert Wirt McSwain, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 9 June 2014

    After a visit to Ethel, including some time with his cousin BobBisswaner, Ken further said about Bob's uncle Leonard:
    "Leonard was the tallest if the boys, and an athlete. He played probaseball with the Detroit Tigers. I dropped by to visit him, just ashort distance from the Ethel intersection, before he died. He said hehad been roommates with Warren Spahn. I asked him how it was he was somuch taller than his brothers. 'They wuz just picked green, I guess.'He had a pear tree beside his house and insisted that we take a bag ofthem home. Good folks all.  [Leonard's nephew] Bob [Biswanger] saidyesterday he gave it up because he got homesick. There's somethingspecial about Ethel."
    --  Kennert Wirt McSwain, Facebook comment to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 27May 2016

    See more details about Leonard's baseball career in his obituarybelow.

    A directory listing for Leonard gives us his birth date as well as hisaddress before his death, in the community of Ethel, Arkansas County,Arkansas

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Leonard Bisswanger
    Birth Date 1 Jun 1930
    Address Bellview Rd
    Ethel, AR 72048

    Social Security Death Index
    Leonard H Bisswanger
    Born 1 Jun 1930, Died 4 Jun 2008
    Last Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas 72048
    SSN 432-58-2469 issued Arkansas (Before 1951)

    The RootsWeb Obituary Index reports only the basic details, indicatingthat the obit was published on the 5 June 2008, one day after hisdeath.  The burial was the next day, according to the obituarypubilshed in the Stuttgart Daily Leader.

    RootsWeb Obituary Index
    Leonard Bisswanger
    Obituary Date 5 Jun 2008
    Death Abt 2008 Ethel AR
    Age 78, Birth Year abt 1930

    Stuttgart, Ark. - Leonard Harvey Bisswanger, 78, died Wednesday, June4.

    A lifelong resident of Ethel, he was born June 1, 1930 to A.L. andHarriet Criswell Bisswanger.

    He was a retired federal game warden. He was an avid fisherman untilhis health failed.

    He played Minor League Baseball for the Memphis Redbirds in 1948, thenplayed one year Major League Baseball for the Boston Braves in 1949.He fought in the Korean War in 1950, cutting short his baseballcareer.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, LorraineBisswanger; two brothers, Charles and James Bisswanger.

    Survivors include a son, Corky Bisswanger and his wife, Renee ofEthel; two daughters, Jeanie Trussell of Michigan and Cathy Orman andher husband Mark of Ethel; four grandchildren, Corby and CandiceBisswanger, Nikki Vansickle and Taylor Orman; two great-grandchildrenand two brothers, Jerry Bisswanger of Ethel and Durrell Bisswanger ofDeWitt.

    Funeral services will be held Friday, June 6, 2008 at 10 a.m. atBellview Baptist Church.

    Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home.

    Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 318 Bellview Road,Ethel,  72048.
    --  Stuttgart Daily Leader, original no longer online; archiveavailable at: United States Obituary Collection,

    Leonard H. Bisswanger
    Birth Jun 1, 1930
    Death Jun 4, 2008
    Spouse Lorraine M. Bisswanger (1929 - 2003)
    Burial Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Created by Dale Houghton May 07, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #89743210,


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