Carl Gerald Fisher – Official Obituary

Carl Gerald Fisher passed away Monday, December 28, 2020 in the emergency room at Adena Regional Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio; he was 102 years old.

Born April 21, 1918 at the family home near Gratiot, Ohio to the late Carl Watts Fisher and Ferol Marie (Ankrum) Fisher. His father was in WWI when Gerald was born and they weren’t united until he was 7 months old. Gerald’s wife Nancy Edith (Johnson) Fisher preceded him in death by just 4 days on December 24, 2020. They had been married 70 years.

Carl Gerald Fisher was the oldest of two sons. He graduated from Hopewell High School in 1935 as a member of the first graduating class. Most days Gerald would drive a mule pulled buggy from the family farm, a distance of 4 miles, to his grandmother’s house and walked the remaining ¼ mile to school. It wasn’t easy getting to school, but few things were back in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Gerald fell in love with baseball at an early age and came to be a big fan of the Cleveland Indians and most sports especially basketball and horse racing. He regularly attended local sporting events and constantly followed high school teams and athletes in the local news paper.

Gerald became a member of the “Greatest Generation” when he entered the Army in June 1944, nine years after graduating high school. He trained in Kentucky and shipped overseas to Germany in November 1944. As a member of the 961st Field Artillery Unit he was deployed throughout Europe and Germany during 1944 – 1945 – 1946 in pursuit of the enemy and restoring peace. As an ammunition Sargent NCO Gerald distinguished himself and was awarded the EAME (Europe, Africa, Middle Eastern) Ribbon, 2 Bronze Stars with 2 Battle Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Victory Medal for WWII.

Gerald worked the family farm outside Gratiot with his brother Eugene, but always had multiple jobs throughout his life. In the early days he hauled milk and sold ice blocks. He trucked limestone coal and sand, and later started his own excavating company when he purchased a bulldozer. He served as a township trustee and was a member and Commander of the local American Legion. He enjoyed attending the Ohio State High School Boys Basketball Championship for over 50 consecutive years as well as the Little Brown Jug horse racing at the Delaware County Fair. He attended the Ohio State Fair every year, and local fairs throughout the year. He thoroughly enjoyed his morning breakfast club into his 90’s with plenty of conversation and ribbing with old friends. Gerald was a very social person and loved talking to children. He enjoyed a long and healthy life.

Surviving Gerald is daughter Marsha Breeden (Francis) and son Gary Fisher (Lynette). There is one granddaughter, Rebecca Edith Fisher and 4 grandsons: Adam (Nicole) Breeden, Brandon Dunn, Nicholas Breeden, and Evan Carl Bloss (Brooke Hill). Three great grandchildren: Brenden Breeden, Zoe Bloss, and Aria Bloss. Also surviving is one sister-in-law Dorothy Tom. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins on the Fisher and Johnson sides of the family.

Preceding him in death was his only brother Joyce Eugene Fisher and wife Marie, Other deceased relatives are sister-in-laws and spouses, Helen and Kenny Felumlee, Mary and Ralph Felumlee, Ruth and Harlan Foltz, and Verne Tom.

Gerald’s life was devoted to God, Family and Friends. He will be missed by all.