John Cyrus Rissell, III (Jack) 7/19/1941 - 4/27/2020 of Malvern, PA, eldest child of John Cyrus Rissell, Jr. and Anna (Matusan) Rissell died peacefully in hospice at the Paoli Hospital following a two week battle with the coronavirus.
John was raised in Coatesville, PA where he attended Coatesville High School and followed his father into work at the Lukens Steel Company before joining the Air Force. During his tour in Alaska our nation reached the DEFCON 2 level of readiness, one step from global nuclear war, when the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred. In Washington DC, John had the privilege of standing Honor Guard for President John F. Kennedy during U.S. peace talks with the Soviet Union.
By the 1970's, John established himself as a tree surgeon along Philadelphia's Main Line. A lover of the outdoors, former boy scout and one time assistant troop scoutmaster [instead of “troop leader”], he enjoyed guiding groups on canoeing and rafting trips for a number of years. He had belonged to the Wissahickon Ski Club for some time and was a longtime member of the Bateman-Gallagher American Legion Post #668 in Wayne, PA. He retired in Devon and finally Malvern.
John is survived by his children, Christina Rissell, John C. Rissell, IV (Cindy), David Rissell (Faye) and Desireé Gambino (Vito). He was predeceased by a son Jason Warren. John is also survived by his brother, Michael Rissell (Marie) and sister, Veronica Cazille (Anthony), several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations can be made in his memory to Bateman-Gallagher American Legion Post #668, 401 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087 or sent to Activities Department, Green Meadows Rehabilitation, 283 East Lancaster Avenue, Malvern PA 19355.