Leroy Kissinger became a member of the Burr Oak Mennonite Church in 1925 upon a confession of faith from the Dunkard faith. He was 29 years old at the time. In 1929 he was active in the church’s prison ministry and was chosen as “jail superintendent”.
At some point he began to urge the church to consider purchasing a lot for a cemetery, which they did. On July 2, 1929 the church purchased one square acre of land from Roscoe V. and Josie Mae Halstead for $200.00. The cemetery is located about 1 mile south of the church on County Road 1150 W. The address is 3020 S. 1150 W., Rensselaer, IN.
Shortly after the church purchased the acre of land for the cemetery, Leroy Kissinger was tragically killed at the age of 35 years on May 12, 1931. He was the first one to be laid to rest in the Burr Oak Church Cemetery.
The cemetery plot was part of a 40 acre section of land. The other 39 acres were sold to Sherman Barger, the father of Benjamin Barger who gave the church the additional 25 feet to the south. According to the deed it shows the church paid $1 on April 9, 2008 for the 25 additional feet, but the church treasurer can’t remember giving Mr. Barger a dollar.