Richard Carroll “Dick” Fischer, age 85, of Festus, Missouri, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus. He was born May 9, 1935 in Linn, Missouri, the son of the late Louise (nee Brock) and William Brian Fischer.
He is survived by a daughter Theresa C. (Chris) Eldridge of Festus; step-daughters Carla Stricklin of Green Forest, Arkansas, and Sherry Stricklin of DeSoto, Missouri; sons Rick (Donna) Fischer of Crystal City, Missouri, Tim (Kim) Fischer of Festus, Jim (Terry) Fischer of Crystal City, and Brian (the late Amber) Fischer; grandchildren Melodi Lynn Fischer, Diamond Marie Fischer, Anna Ruth Fischer, Zane Tyler Fischer, Erin Michelle Fischer, Molly Ann (Jimmy Fasnut) Monroe, Marshall Paul (Amber Monterusso) Fischer, Cody James Fischer, Ayden Reid Eldridge, Addisen Lee Eldridge, Adalynn Marie Eldridge, Aria Taylor Eldridge, Sydney Taylor Fischer, Emma Bree Fischer, Alexis Chloe Fischer, Ailie Mae Fischer, and Everly Kay Fischer; numerous great-grandchildren; and 1 great-granddaughter.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Mary “Viola” (nee Haverstick) Fischer; a granddaughter Aynsleigh Marie Eldridge; sisters Constance Burkart, Alpha “Rosie” (the late Frank “Junior”) Brischle, and Juanita “Nita” (the late Robert “Bob”) Saunders; and brothers William C. “Billy” (the late Margaret) Fischer, Leslie R. “Les” (the late Alfreda) Fisher, Frederick M. “Fritz” (the late Berneda) Fisher, and Ralph G. (Peggy survives of Bloomsdale, Missouri) Fisher.
He was carpenter, cattle farmer, and retired from the former Crystal City PPG glass plant where he had worked in the box shop and, was a batch house operator. He was a long-time member and served as an elder for over 50 years at Grace Presbyterian Church in Crystal City; was a member and past master of the Blackwell Masonic Lodge; and was the final founding member of the Jefferson County Saddle Club.
Visitation 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus. Visitation from 9:00 A.M. until the time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 12, 2021 at Grace Presbyterian Church, officiated by Pastor Vicky Michaels. Interment in Danby Cemetery in Danby, Missouri. Memorials in Dick’s memory are preferred to the Friends of The Fountain fund at Grace Presbyterian Church.