Gail Bissell

Gail Bissell was born Nov. 28, 1951, in Torrington, Wyo. She spent the majority of her life in Custer, S.D., as well as several years in Wyoming, Montana and Kentucky.  Family, her Christian faith, nature and service to others were the most important elements in her life. Gail had a big heart, a warm smile and delighted in helping others.
Daughter of Bill and Darlene Sager, Gail was the eldest of three girls, including middle sister, Kerry and youngest, Billie.
Gail was married to John Bissell until 1996. They raised their two sons, Ryan (42) and Andy (39) on a ranch in Montana for several years before moving the family to Custer. Gail returned to her hometown to oversee her family’s multi-generational restaurant, The Skyway, carrying on the local favorite for many successful years.  After retiring from the restaurant field, she served the community through her business, Kindred Spirits, a cleaning and cooking service.
Gail was always deeply moved by nature and the landscape of the Black Hills. Her love of nature inspired her artwork:  finely decorated buffalo skulls patterned with dried leaves, and other beautiful ornaments that were sold at local art shops.
A loving grandmother, Gail found great joy in spending time with her grandchildren. She was able to live near each set of grandchildren for a time during their youth. Being with them in their daily lives meant so much to her.  Always one to make their favorite foods and do craft projects together, she was cherished by them as well.
Gail Bissell passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Spearfish, S.D. She was 71.
She was preceded in death by her former spouse, John Bissell (2013); and her parents, Bill and Darlene Sager.
She is survived by her two sons, Ryan (Tori) and Andy (Tara); sisters, Kerry Stever and Billie Vigil; grandchildren, Haven, Gideon, Cecelia, Cyrus and Cassius; nieces, Kelly, Lisa, Jenny and Brenna, and their children, Wyatt, Waylon, Eliza, Olivia and Sophia.   
Memorial service for Gail will be Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m., at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home at 234 N. 6th St., Custer.  
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

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