|Vince W. Hissong
May 3, 1958 - November 21, 2020
Born on May 3,1958 and reared in Leiters Ford, IN., Vince Hissong never left the banks of the Tippecanoe River, a place that he, a
man who lived and loved to fish, considered paradise. Sadly, on Nov. 21, 2020, Vince found a new paradise, that great fishing hole
alongside Jesus Christ. It happened suddenly, like setting the hook into the fish’s mouth, and just like that he was in the arms of his
loving Savior Jesus Christ. Vince joins his parents, Wayne Delbert and Barbara Jean, who loved him unconditionally, were his
biggest fans, and instilled in him a love of the great outdoors. In addition to being a fish whisperer, Vince was an avid gardener, a
keen morel mushroom hunter, and a creative woodworker. A self-admitted watermelon snob, Vince liked to lure his coworkers at
Plymouth Tube in Winamac, Ind., into a watermelon growing challenge. One year he grew four whoppers weighing more than 65
pounds (verified, of course). He liked his watermelons to be sweetest at the heart, just like him.
On June 2, 1984, Vince landed the catch of his lifetime, Becky, who he called Babe and loved goobs. She came with a son, Ryan
Wayne Musselman, who he also loved goobs. Together Becky and Vince had a child, Isaac Lawrence Hissong, who inherited their
love of the outdoors and was his dad’s pride and joy. Becky and Vince shared 36 years of good times and bad, but the good far
outweighed the bad. In addition to being a husband and father, Vince was a Paw Paw (yep, like the fruit), and being a grandpa to
Sam, Max, and Eli was the role he enjoyed the most in life. On hot Sunday afternoons, he would share his perfect watermelon with the
grandkids after chilling it down. It brought him immeasurable joy to bring them the biggest and best from his garden.
Vince also liked watching for bald eagles coming down the Tippecanoe, fishing for bluegill, canning sauerkraut and tomatoes, and
freezing brussel sprouts. He was fish-fryer extraordinaire and whipped up a feast of bluegill on Christmas that friends and family
enjoyed throughout the years. Brussel sprouts were his favorite, made sweet by his special trick of letting them freeze on the plant
before harvesting them. He loved sweet things, especially Mountain Dew, Vanilla Wafers, Grandma Annie’s buttermilk sugar
cookies, and the traditional White Christmas pie. Vince was an excellent pie maker, learning the art from his Grandma Ruby, and he
shared his creations with family and many of his lifelong friends. The one thing Vince didn’t do was talk politics -- he was Wayne
Delbert’s son after all.
In addition to Becky, Ryan (Charlene), Isaac, Sam, Max, and Eli, Vince is survived by his Sister Valerie (Kevin) his brother Van, his
loving Aunts Uncles cousin and nieces and nephews that he loved very much.
A private service will be held at Odom Funeral Home officiated by his lifelong friend, John Sult.