Dear Classes of 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1957, 1958 and 1961:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Allan B. Fischer ('47) on Tuesday, June 7th.
Allan was a member of the Class of 1947 and the brother of Lawrence Fischer ('49), Elaine (Fischer) Gess ('52), Charlotte (Fischer) Nelson ('57), John Fischer ('58), Audrey (Fischer) Anderson ('61) and the late Frederick Fischer ('38), Robert Fischer ('39), Eloise Fischer ('40), Vincent Fischer ('42), Lyle Fischer, Jerome Fischer, Mary (Fischer) Gordon ('45) and Arlene Fischer ('51).
Allan B Fischer, 87, of Moorhead, MN passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN surrounded by family. After 34 years of heart issues our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brothers strong heart became weak and could beat no more.
Allan was born March 1, 1929 in Fargo, ND as the seventh child out of fourteen to Frederick and Zula (Barton) Fischer. He attended grade school at a little country school in North Moorhead until it closed and then completed grade school at the Moorhead State Teachers College Campus School. In 1947 he graduated high school from Sacred Heart Academy in Fargo, ND. On July 1, 1950 he married the love of his life, Nina Gade at St Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, ND. They made their home in Fargo until 1957 when they moved their family to Moorhead, MN after losing everything in the tornado of 1957.
Allan had a variety of jobs when he was young. He worked on the Fischer Family Turkey Farm, undercoating cars at a Fargo Garage, at Knerr Dairies making ice cream, at the Store Without A Name installing drapes, and for various companies doing door to door sales where he learned to overcome shyness and learned that he had a self-taught flair for sales, so he continued his career by selling paper products for 23 years for Proctor & Gamble and 7 years for Kimberly Clark. However, many people knew Al through his work in his tree service. In 1965, the first Tree Service in the Fargo Moorhead area was formed. Fischer Tree Service was born with great determination and hard work from Al and his sons. This single service broke off to many branches of other tree services owned and operated by his sons, sonin-law, grandchildren and brothers. For many years, until he retired from Kimberly Clark, the tree service was a second job for Al, but always a first love. He thoroughly enjoyed tree work and loved talking to all of his customers. He continued to work doing trees full time until the fall of 2015 when his health finally forced him to slow down.
Allan was a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church since moving to Moorhead in 1957. In Al’s younger years he enjoyed model airplanes and was very proud of the dresses he sewed for his wife. His favorite hobby of all time was working and talking to people. Al always had a story or something to say if you ran into him. Many of his children and grandchildren remember the life line illustration and story that he would always draw and tell. Al was a master handy man always able to fix whatever was broken; whether it needed welding, gluing or taping he was the man to fix it. He also enjoyed spending time with all of his family, especially holidays and our traditional July 4th family BBQ cookout.
Allan is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nina; children Dan (Mary) of Moorhead, MN, Roger (Anna) of Moorhead, MN, Tim of Moorhead, MN, LuAnn (Robert) Durant of Mahnomen, MN and Julie (Brett) Grunewald of West Fargo, ND; Fifteen grandchildren Troy (Erika) Fischer, Jeremy (Sherrie) Fischer, Jason Fischer, Angie (Ryan) Rosenfeldt, Travis Hagen, Tanya Fischer, Jessica (Shaun) Nelson, Krista Hagen, Kari Fischer, Amber Fischer, Brenda (Alex Rendon) Hagen, Amanda Grunewald, Kelsie Grunewald, Jackie Durant, Rachel Durant and 21 Great Grandchildren Sylvia, Brianna, Taylor, Levi, Noah, Tyler, Riley, Kaleb, Taylor, Vayda, Alecia, Willow, Nora, Christian, Oliver, Rose, Joshua, Alexis, Bradie, Cadence, and Payson. He is also survived by his siblings Lawrence Fischer, John Fischer, Charlotte (Leonard) Nelson, Audrey Anderson, and Elaine Gess and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Allan was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Frederick, Robert, Vincent, Lyle and Jerome; sisters Mary, Arlene and Eloise; son Joey Fischer; granddaughter Emily Durant.
Prayer Service: 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00
Funeral Mass: 1:00 P. M. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church 218 10th St S Moorhead, MN with visitation 1 hour prior. The Fischer Tree Service Vehicles will lead the procession from ST. Joseph Church to St. Joseph Cemetery.
Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Moorhead, MN.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. Online guestbook at: www.boulgerfuneralhome.com
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