TOM KISSEE Monday, August 12, 1935 - Friday, August 11, 2017

Tom Kissee was born in Ozark, Missouri, on Aug. 12, 1935, to Raymond and Alta Kissee. He was a 1953 graduate of Ozark High School.

He enjoyed coyote hunting and good Walker hounds. While hunting with Comer Owen at the J. Sam Williams Farm in Southwest Springfield, Tom met Juliette Williams, and they were married in 1956.

A lifelong career in cattle marketing began for Tom during his high school years, working at the Springfield Stockyards. After almost 50 years at the downtown stockyards, Tom was proud to be one of the founding owners of the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center in 2002. This year marks his 65th year of service in the livestock marketing industry. Tom was a well-respected cattleman in Southwest Missouri, and an avid breeder of Chianina cattle. Tom and Julie were honored by the Ozark Empire Fair with the Pioneer Award in 2014.

Tom was extremely honored to provide the Stockyard facilities to host the Sac River Cowboy Church in the sales arena, where he also attended as a member.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Juliette, along with son Tom “Tonto” and LuAnn of Springfield; daughters, Julie and Kent Herzog of Sealy Texas, Kelly and Rob Postin of Stephens, Georgia; as well as five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Don Kissee, of Ozark.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 W. Independence Dr., Springfield, MO 65802 (I-44 at Exit 70), under the care of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Private graveside services and burial will be in Brookline Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, 949 E. Primrose, Springfield, MO 65807; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Family and friends may post online condolences on this website, at

Service Details: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 W. Independence Dr., Springfield, MO 65802 (I-44 at Exit 70). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dear Juliette,  My sincere sympathy on the loss of Tom.  I was in Springfield on Saturday for the 60th reunion of my St. John's Nursing Class --my sister-in-law had saved Tom's obituary for me.  It was an honor to be an attendant when you and Tom were married.  Also, a nursery nurse when "baby" Tom was born. The years have passed quickly with so many changes, but special people are always remembered with love.  Sending thoughts and prayers.  
So sorry for your loss, Tom was a great cattleman and I always enjoyed talking with him. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
I met Jay when I was 14 years old.  Jay, Norm, and I spent many years terrorizing Wisconsin, Illinois, and later Colorado.  Other than my father, I never loved another man more.  I have no presence on social media, but would welcome calls or emails from any old friends.  I can be contacted at 970-948-9979.  Happy Trails old friend, Al.
Dear Julie and Family, Steve and I are was so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He will be terribly missed! I feel so fortunate to have known him. Not only was he tall in sature, but he was big in generosity and kindness. He was always to nice to both of us. Please know that we will hold you in our prayers during this difficult time. Let us know if there is anything that we can do for you, and I look forward to seeing you next year at the Fair. Love, Georgianna and Steve
I remember Tom as a young man at the old stockyards in Springfield.  I was a child going with my dad who took lots of cows to Tom when trading was done in the alleys long before auctions.  Tom was the best cow salesman in the yards.  After my dad died when I was 15 years old, I continued to take my cows to Tom to sell in the alley, and in later years, in the auction.  In that day, Tom was the king.  He was my friend. I have had a hip relaced today, and will not be able to attended the funeral, however, Tom's family is in our thoughts and prayers.  O.D.  and Pam Cope  
We are very sorry for you loss. My father Hadley Thomas worked for years and the stockyard and knew Tom well and thought so very well of him as a friend. The last time we saw Tom was at my father's funeral where he was an honorary pallbearer  We got to visit with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.                           Diana Thomas Grant and Family.
Julie & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy and definitely will be missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
We thought the world of Tom and are so sorry for your loss.  However, because of his strong faith in Christ, we know we will see him again someday in heaven.  Love you Julie.  You are all in our prayers.
Juliette, I extend my sympathy at your loss of Tom.  It came as a shock to me to see this online.  Condolences as you move forward with so many memories and your life in Billings.  Thinking of you, and so sorry for your loss.
Sincere condolences from an old friend. I trust that God will give you comfort and peace in this time of sorrow.
Tom will be missed, Good Guy for sure. Our Prayers go out to Juliette and family. Sorry I will not be in town for the service. Les & Peggy Wilson, Republic.
Julie, Tonto, Doolie and Kelly my heart breaks for you. So very sorry. Pam Steele Fisher
So sorry for your loss Tonto. Steve and Debra Johnson
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We have the fondest memories of him sharing genetics and his cattle with us. Our "June" cow purchased from the family still has a place in our hearts. Our prayers are with the family. Great man, great legacy left behind.
Julie, I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing.  You have my deepest condolences. Happy Memories, Raylene Seiner  
Your Family is in our thoughts and Prayers. Jimmy, Jan, Ben, Jared and Anna Scott
We were so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing, we know he will be missed by many.  We were so happy to renew our acquaintance from the "fair" days when he and Juliette moved to Billings and became our neighbors.  Our prayers for peace and comfort for Tom's family.
My sincere sympathies to the family at the loss of this husband, father and grandfather.  Such a wonderful legacy full of memories he has left for each of you.
Tom, So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your family. Steve and Debbie Franklin
Kelly and Family Rachel and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We're never prepared to lose our loveones. My loving thoughts are with you at this time and I pray God will wrap his arms around you all giving comfort and strength to get through the coming days and weeks.  
Condolences from the Bob and Jane Hale family, Rick, Reggie, Mitch, and Lucas Hale families.
Don, We're so sorry to read of Tom's passing. We'll be keeping you and the rest of the family in our thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear this. We would see him at church.
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather. May you be comforted by the sure knowledge of the love of Christ and His precious mercy. Love you, the Dornon Family   
I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was truly a great person. My prayers for the family to heal from their loss.
Tom has been a longtime friend of our family and has helped me on more than one occasion. Tom was all ways the same every time you saw him, he was easy going, kind and friendly to everyone and liked by all who knew him. I've sold a many a cow with him working the ring. Now privileged to sell Real Estate with his son. My heartfelt thanks go out to Tom he will truly be missed.
Thank you, Tom, for all of your encouragement to us at Sac River Cowboy Church.  It won't be the same without you.
My thoughts are with you Tonto and family. So sorry for your loss. 
I'm very sad to hear that Tom has passed.  May our Lord give you, the family, peace, strength and comfort during this difficult time.   Buddy Riley, class of 1953
Thinking of your family as you remember mr..kissee. i remember jr shows, candy, laughs and your family being so fun when I was a kid. Take care
So sorry for your loss. Amazing family, our prayers and thoughts are with you.
He was a great guy and will be missed. Julie so sorry for your lose