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Albert Joseph Bysinger
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1901
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov., 1980
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA

Rites Set For Albert Bysinger, Former Singer

Funeral services for Albert J. Bysinger, 79, of 428 E. 6th St., Milan, who died yesterday morning at Franciscan Hospital, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Dr. David B. Castordale, pastor of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, will officiate. Burial will be in the Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 tomorrow afternoon at the funeral home, where memorials may be made to the music department of the church. Mr. Bysinger was born Nov. 8, 1901, in Rock Island, the son of Charles and Mary Imhof Bysinger. He had lived in Rock Island and Milan all his life. On June 30, 1937, he married Ruth M. Nelson in Rock Island. "Happy" Bysinger was an entertainer for a 13-year period during the late 1920s and 1930s. He was among the first entertainers with WHBF and was known for his "down home" type of folk, cowboy and western music. His popularity spread through personal appearances, and he eventually auditioned for the Iowa Barn Dance Frolic originating from WOC radio, Davenport. He was hired and, with staff announcer Ronald "Dutch" Reagan, he was transferred to sister station WHO, Des Moines, Iowa, where the Frolic eminated from the Shrine Auditorium. His stage name became "Smilin' Sam" and he received offers from the East Coast. Among his friends were Gene Autry, George Gobel, "The Arkansas Woodchopper" and other entertainers from the National Barn Dance at WLS, Chicago. Due to the pressure from traveling and personal appearances, Mr. Bysinger left show business and began working at the International Harvester Works, East Moline, where he was employed for 30 years, retiring in 1965. He was a member of UAW Local 1306 and a past member of the Woodman of World Drill Team of Rock Island. Surviving are his wife; a son, David G. of Milan; a grandson, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Hunt of Rock Island.
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  Ruth Marie "Bunny" Nelson Bysinger (1910 - 1987)*
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Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Roberta
Record added: May 03, 2010
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Albert Joseph Bysinger
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Albert Joseph Bysinger
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Albert Joseph Bysinger
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