Jim was a bright soul known and loved by many. He was a husband, dad, grandpa, brother, friend, neighbor, and coworker who was sure to make one feel welcome and heard, more than likely cracking a joke or two in the process. You could always find him outdoors, likely playing with one of his big-boy toys or taking part in his many hobbies, where he also made many connections with and touched the lives of others who shared his interests. He did everything from flying planes to driving trucks and boats, both life-sized and RC; he went camping, he fished, fed local birds, worked on all sorts of engines, built Legos, owned motorcycles and a tractor, and so much more. Jim knew how to have fun and was always exploring. From serving in the Air Force for 12 years, to working at Toyota for over 20 years, to joining all the local hobby clubs possible within the past six years after he moved back to his hometown of Belleville, Jim made it a point to surround himself with others, to whom he was a loyal and memorable individual. He and his presence will be missed, but not forgotten, by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Althea, nee Cange, Reissen; and a brother, Stephen Reissen.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Melody, nee Gordon, Reissen, whom he married on November 16, 1986;
a son, Bruce Mandeville (Maria Reinsmith); a daughter, Emily Reissen (Keagan Greenhalgh); four grandchildren, Kharli, Christian, Max, and Bairn; a great-grandchild, Miette; two sisters, Pam (Lester) Ratliff and Julie Krug (Gordon Marsh); a sister-in-law, Joyce (Alan) Shumaker; a niece, Valerie (Eric) Combs; a nephew, Matthew Reissen; and great-nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.