By HDN Staff
William "Bill" Eugene Lisenby, 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at his Havre home of natural causes.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery in Hill County Cemetery with Fr. Robert D. Grosch officiating. A memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. today at St. Jude Catholic Church.
Lisenby was born Sept. 8, 1922 in Woodhull, Ill., to Archie and Ethel (Rowley) Lisenby. He grew up and attended schools in Illinois.
Lisenby enlisted in the U.S. Army Nov. 4, 1942 and served as a staff sergeant during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 18, 1945.
Lisenby received his bachelor and master degrees in education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill. He completed all of his requirements for his Ph.D., except his thesis from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught high school in Knoxville, Ill., for two years.
On March 25, 1948, he married Marian P. Etnire at Knoxville, Ill. They moved to Havre and he accepted a position with Northern Montana College in September of 1948 as an educator, teaching speech and English. He attained assistant professorship in 1952 and continuous tenure in 1959. He retired June 30, 1980. Marian died Sept. 17, 1983.
Lisenby was active in the community. He was former president of the Havre Community Concert Association, member of the Retired Teachers, AARP and St. Jude Parish. He played the organ for many services in Havre and volunteered many hours at the Northern Montana Care Center.
He also served on the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Great Falls/Billings.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Survivors include his sister, Catherine Tye of Santa Rose, Calif.; two nieces, one nephew, four grandnieces and two grandnephews.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Parish Center Fund, P.O. Box 407, Havre, MT 59501.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.