William D. Fisher

September 06, 1929 ‒ August 06, 2006

Mansfield, Ohio

LEXINGTON: William D. Fisher, 76, of Silvercrest Drive, Lexington, died Sunday, August 6, 2006, in Triumph Hospital, Mansfield, following a long illness.

He was born September 6, 1929 in Racine, Wisconsin, to Caleb and Maryann (Davey) Fisher, was graduated from Washington Park High School, and attended Whitewater (WI) State College, where he was a member of Phi Chi Epsilon.

A WWII Army veteran, William served much of his time in Post Ordnance, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

From his early years he owned a milk distributorship for Borden Dairy in Racine. He moved to an office manager position for the Bardon Rubber Company of Union Grove, Wisconsin.

Bill left Wisconsin in 1967 to accept a position of General Manager with Detroit Roll in Dearborn, Michigan, before moving on to Mansfield the following year as District Sales manager with Stillman Seal Division of Sargent Industries.

In 1975 he founded Fisher Sales Company in Lexington, specializing in hydraulic cylinder repair parts and kits, a firm he owned and operated until his retirement, when he sold the company in 2001.

An avid woodworker, Bill enjoyed turning out projects from his home shop that benefited his family ~ such as a step stool, one for each of the kids.

No perch or walleye was safe when Bill and his band of buddies headed toward Lake Erie. With his private pilot’s license, he enjoyed taking to the air.

Neat as a pin, he was meticulous in maintaining his home and lawn, to the point you “could eat off his garage floor.”

He was a member of Resurrection Parish Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Zebuhr) Fisher, whom he married May 1, 1954; six children and their spouses Mary Ellen and Ron Alford of Pickerington, Jody and Michael Wasemann of Mansfield, Jeri and George Mann of Houston, Texas, William W. Fisher of Perrysville, Thomas and Lyn Fisher of Ontario, and Kathleen and David Anthony of Akron; six grandchildren Kristi and her husband Ron Pack of Glenn Allen, Virginia, Lindsay and Rick Maves of Toledo, Jennifer Wasemann of Mansfield, Michelle Mann and Elizabeth Mann both of Houston, Texas, Caitlyn Fisher of Ontario, and Heather and Todd Victoria of Connecticut; three great grandchildren Austin and Sarah Pack and Sam Victoria; two brothers and sisters-in-law Warren and Doris Fisher of Marietta, Georgia, and Jerry and Gloria Fisher of Crystal River, Florida; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson Steven Pennywitt, a granddaughter Dawn Alford and a brother Jack.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 9, 2006 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 am. Pastor Tj Waters will officiate. Burial with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Association will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the Troy Township Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.