Alfonso Leonard BISSWANGER Living BISSWANGER Living BISSWANGER Living BISSWANGER Lorraine MURPHY Charles BISSWANGER James Alfred BISSWANGER Living BISSWANGER Living BISSWANGER Harriett Angeline CRISWELL Mini tree diagram

Leonard Harvey BISSWANGER6,3,1,2,4,5,7,8,8

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.3,9,10

4th Jun 2008

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

Last residence

6th Jun 2008

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

Other facts


Married Lorraine MURPHY


Birth of son Living BISSWANGER


Birth of daughter Living BISSWANGER


Birth of daughter 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 1935 Fisherman
    Bisswanger, Harriet Wife F W 30 Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935 Housekeeper
    Bisswanger, Leonard Son M W 9 Single Grade 3 b Arkansas same house in 1935
    Bisswanger, Charles Son M W 7 Single Grade 3 b Arkansas same house in 1935
    Bisswanger, James Son M W 2 Single Grade 3 b Arkansas

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

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

    After a visit to Ethel, including some time with his cousin Bob Bisswaner, Ken further said about Bob's uncle Leonard:
    "Leonard was the tallest if the boys, and an athlete. He played pro baseball with the Detroit Tigers. I dropped by to visit him, just a short distance from the Ethel intersection, before he died. He said he had been roommates with Warren Spahn. I asked him how it was he was so much 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 of them home. Good folks all.  [Leonard's nephew] Bob [Biswanger] said yesterday he gave it up because he got homesick. There's something special about Ethel."
    --  Kennert Wirt McSwain, Facebook comment to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 27 May 2016

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

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

    U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2
    Leonard Bisswanger
    Birth Date 1 June 1930
    Bellview Rd, Ethel, AR, 72048

    U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
    Leonard Bisswanger
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, 72048-2048
    Phone 501-282-3271
    Residence Years 1994-1997

    U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
    Leonard Bisswanger
    630 Belleview Rd, Ethel, Arkansas, 72048-9509
    Phone Number 870-282-3271
    Residence Years 1998-2002

    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, indicating that the obit was published on the 5 June 2008, one day after his death.  The burial was the next day, according to the obituary pubilshed 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, June 4.

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

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

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

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

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

    Funeral services will be held Friday, June 6, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Bellview 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; archive available 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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