Dow Edward "Ed" Fisher
Dow Edward “Ed” Fisher, 83, formerly a resident of High Ridge, Mo., left us peacefully on January 18, 2018, in Fort Mitchell, Ala., with loved ones near his bedside, after a short illness and hospitalization. Visitation and funeral will be held at Chapel Hill Mortuary, in Cedar Hill, Mo., with interment at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, with the service Wednesday morning at 9:30. He had been blessed at Christmastime to be able to see most of his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and kiss them goodbye. He had moved to Alabama a few years ago to live and be closer to family.
Ed came screaming into this world on October 21, 1934, in Piggott, Ark., to Walter Fisher and Nina (Simpson) Fisher. Ed served in the U.S. Navy from July 1952 to October 1955, when he was granted an honorable discharge. During his stint in the Navy he served as an electrician on the USS Iowa and the USS Baltimore, a ship he helped ‘light up’ for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953. He tried his best to get into the war with Korea by changing ships, but the Good Lord thought it best not to send this randy little sailor into a war, by detouring the ship onto which he had changed back into the Mediterranean, where he had just recently sailed. This adventure ensured he came away with all kinds of tales--some not to be told to his children!
Ed was united in marriage to Dean Avants on Jan. 7, 1956. Dean had been married previously and had two children, Jerry Barrow (Shirley Stokes) and Toni Fisher (Denny Clark). Ed and Dean had two children by this marriage, John Fisher (Kim Wilson Beck) and Dennis Fisher (Denise Bennett). The boys and Dean preceded him in death.
Ed bought his first motorcycle (a Kawasaki 440) in 1978. This bike was traded in for a Harley, making him a proud Harley rider and enthusiast, that lasted throughout his life, finally selling his last Harley in 2014. He rode his Harley to Chrysler, where he worked as an electrician, until retirement in 1995, in all kinds of inclement weather, sometimes coming home soaked to the skin or with his beard frozen solid.
He was an amazing father and grandfather, with 13 surviving grandchildren, Renee (Barrow) Wigger, Alexis Tessaro, Erica (Tessaro) Jensen, Steven Clark, Chad Barrow, Toni (Barrow) Pegher, Laura Fisher, Deanna (Barrow) Bailey, Joshua Fisher, Nicole Fisher-Bohle, Eric Fisher, Walter Fisher, and Zachary Fisher, always taking time out to play with and help care for all. He also has a plethora of great-grandchildren (16), who all loved and adored him. And he also had his best fur-friend, Odis, a pug.
He is survived by his two sisters, Francis M. (Fisher) Parrish of McDougal, Ark., and Eunice M. (Fisher) Stevens of Sturgeon, Mo., along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Ed was an easy going, helpful loving man that our world will miss terribly. However, he was at peace and ready to go to his heavenly home to be with his other loved ones that will be meeting him there, so he goes with our love. Thank you for all our sweet memories!
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that donations be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ed’s favorite charity.