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Lee Edward Fisher

April 25, 1926 — July 6, 2020

On Monday, July 6, 2020, WWII Veteran, Lee Edward Fisher, loving husband of 72 years, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away at the age of 94 at Deaconess Hospice Center in Evansville, IN.  Lee was born on April 25, 1926 in Owaneco, IL to Jess and Josephine Fisher. 

Lee was a true American patriot.  After high school, he enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during WWII.  This was one of his proudest accomplishments.  Returning from the war, Lee and his father Jess founded Fisher's Meatpacking Plant and Restaurant.  Several years later, Lee made his way to the University of Illinois at Champaign, family in tow, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.

Service was a major theme in Lee Fisher's life.  After graduation he came back to Owaneco to take over the business from his father.  Lee and his wife, Catherine, operated Fisher's until their retirement.  During these years, Lee found time to dedicate himself to charitable work with the Masonic Lodge.  Lee was a Past Master and received a 50-year lifetime member award in 2002. 

Lee was also a very adventurous man.  To keep his pilot license current, he began taking skydivers up to accrue flying hours.  Not surprisingly, he tried it himself and became hooked - his last jump was at age 78, acquiring over 1,000 jumps in his lifetime.  He also loved snow skiing, motorcycle riding, and shooting pool. 

After retirement, Lee and Catherine enjoyed spending their winters in Texas and Arizona with family and friends.  But age didn't stop Lee from picking up another hobby.  Retirement gave him time to become a skilled wood worker.  Cherished family and friends have many beautiful bowls, cutting boards, and rolling pins proudly displayed in their homes. 

Lee's family and friends will remember him as prankster, lover of a good debate, kind-hearted button-pusher, and a wicked joke and storyteller.  Thank you to all of those who made his life so full and memorable.  He loved the life he lived. 

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Josephine Fisher; his son, Neil Fisher; and his sister, Charlotte Bentley.  Lee will be missed every day by his wife, Catherine Fisher; two daughters and son-in-law, Marcia Lutz, and Kathy and Gordon Freisinger; four grandchildren, Kara Freisinger, Lindsay and Ian Grieves, Jodie Parks, and Abby and Curtis Kremer; and four great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Matilda Grieves, and George and Oliver Kremer. 

Lee will be laid to rest in the family plot in Owaneco cemetery surrounded by immediate family due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Condolences can be sent to: Catherine Fisher 7525 E. Gainey Ranch Road, House 150 Scottdale, AZ 85258.

Memorial Donations can be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital (

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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