Norman "Mike" Bissell, 80, of Marshfield, Mass., died Feb. 7


Norman “Mike” Bissell, age 80, of Marshfield, Mass., died Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born Oct. 18, 1938, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Norman F. Bissell and Agnes C. Bissell.

Mike spent his life in service. After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1961, he served 26 years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot. After his retirement from the military, he returned to VMI as the school’s commandant for four years. He then was instrumental in the development of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the nation’s only all-female corps of cadets, at Mary Baldwin College where he served as its commandant for 18 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Janice Emery Bissell; along with seven children, Gary Bissell of Lexington, Mark Bissell of Fogelsville, Pa., Drew Bissell of Bristow, Brooke Hartwell of Virginia Beach, Kerri Brock of Bristow, Collin Bissell of Lexington, and Brandon Bissell of Clarksville, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Fay Hession of Marshfield, Mass.; and many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Pierce Funeral Home on 9609 Center St. in Manassas. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on 8213 Linton Hall Road in Gainesville, with Father VanderWoude officiating. A reception will follow the memorial service from 12:30 until 3 p.m. at the Regency Country Club at 15351 Championship Drive, Haymarket. Burial will occur at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date (date and time will be published when confirmed).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or


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