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John Lee “Big John” Hisey passed away suddenly in Truth or Consequences, NM on May 7, 2018 at the age of 67. John was born in Norton, Kansas to Delilliah Maette Kessler and Vernon Eugene Hisey on February 25, 1951.

Before becoming a resident of Sierra County, John was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Beginning at the age twelve, John worked alongside his brother, Randy, and father, Vernon at their family owned business, A Real Muffler Shop, in North East Albuquerque.

John was a graduate of Manzano High School class of 1969. He also attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where he pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Conservation Science.

A life-long member of the United Methodist Church, John met the love of his life, Marcia Anne Sullivan, at the Wesley Foundation in Las Cruces in September of 1972. The two were married four years later in April of 1976.

After thirty-two years with A Real Muffler, John stepped away from the family business to pursue a variety of careers. In the years that followed he worked as an exhaust specialist at Billy’s Automotive, dabbled as a Used Car Salesman for a number of years, worked as a Casino Cash Manager at Route 66 Casino, and finally found a home with U-Haul Company of New Mexico.  For ten years John worked as a jack-of-all-trades within the U-Haul company serving as an Area Field Manager, Hitch Pro, General Manager, and later a Transfer Driver.

At the age of sixty-six John achieved his life-long dream of retiring to Elephant Butte, New Mexico (or as he loved to call it “God’s Country”.)

Throughout his life John enjoyed the outdoors, he woke early every day to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the sun rise.  John was blessed with many years spent, in the company of family and friends, boating and fishing on the lake, hunting in the mountains, and participating in a variety of sports including softball, sprint car racing, billiards and bowling. And, of course, his prized possession, his 100th anniversary edition 2003 Harley Davidson Motorcycle.

His beautiful life will forever be cherished by his loving wife of forty-two years, Marcia (Sullivan) Hisey; daughter, LeeAnn Gail (Hisey) Gatti and husband, Brian J Gatti, of Albuquerque; daughter, Jennifer Renee (Hisey) Souter and husband, Josh A. Souter, of Albuquerque; sister, Anita (Hisey) Vancil, of Anchorage, AK; and brother, Randy Hisey, of Aztec, NM; as well as, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Delilliah Maette (Kessler) Hisey and father, Vernon Eugene Hisey.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church of Truth or Consequences located at 426 Austin Avenue. All are invited to attend a reception and celebration of John’s life at the family home following the memorial service. The family would like to thank Walmart of Truth or Consequences for their generous donation.  

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  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    Thinking if you, sending Love and Prayers to you all. John was a good man, thinking of the many times I spent with you all brings smile to my face. And now great sadness that John is no longer with us. I love you all and I'm so sorry I can't be there with you all. Love and hugs to all of you!
    ~ Margaret Salinas   Grand Junction, CO
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    John was more than just a friend. He will be sorely missed. To his, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. It has been our pleasure to have know and been considered friends of the Hisey Family John no longer will suffer pain. Rest in Peace Big Man. God Bless the Hisey Family.
    ~ Mr & Mrs Ralph Carr   Bosque Farms, NM
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    Marcy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jennie
    ~ Jennie Hancock   Albuquerque, NM
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    Donna and I were so sorry to hear about John I consider John to be one of my best friends going back over 40 years. We enjoyed so many of the same sports. I'm so sorry we missed the service. We weren't aware it was happening. Our prayers are with you and the girls. Huck Rawls
    ~ Jay ( Huck ) Rawls   Albuquerque, NM
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    John and I shared some great camping trips during our high school years. We remained friends for a number of years after. I just learned of his passing at this late date. My condolences to Marcia and the Hisey family. Big John was a good man and I was proud to call him a friend.
    ~ Larry Bullard   Grand Junction, CO