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Obituary for Walter "Gene" E. Fischer
Walter Eugene (Gene) Fischer, 79, of Siren/Webster, WI died Thursday, October 28, 2010 at the Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake, WI. Gene was born on April 27, 1931 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Rosella Rippen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Fischer and one brother, George Rippen. Gene grew up in Glenview, Illinois and graduated from high school there.
Gene joined the U.S. Marine Corp serving as a tank mechanic during the Korean War. After the Marines, Gene returned to the Chicago area and worked for Joe Jacobs Chevrolet in Wilmette for many years.
In 1973 Gene and Nancy moved to Siren to Clam Lake where they owned a cabin. Gene worked for Blomberg Ford in Grantsburg and Larsen Chevrolet in Webster prior to starting his own business, Burnett County Transmissions.
Gene enjoyed hunting and fishing, making frequent trips to Canada to fish. He also was a member of the Siren Lions Club for many years. Gene was a past president of the club being active in the Siren waterskip, airshow and garage sale.
Gene enjoyed flying and held his own pilot license at one time. He was also known for his love for cars which he showed in parades and car shows around the area. Gene also had a great love for golf, having memberships at Spooner Golf Club and Frederic Golf Club playing with many of his friends from the area.
Gene is survived by four Children, Kari Fischer (Shell Lake), Lauren Marek (Houlton), Kurt (LaDonna) Fischer (St. Croix Falls), Len (Cherie) Fischer (Siren); Ten Grandchildren, Mindy, Jeffery, Timothy, Jamie, Gregory, LaTischa, Courtney, Cordell, Stephen and Emma as well as 6 Great-Granchildren. Gene shared his last years with Charlene Hyslop who was always there for him.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the Siren United Methodist Church in Siren, WI at 11:00 a.m., this will be preceded by Visitation at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will be at the Viola Lake Cemetery at a later date.
Gene will be remembered and greatly missed by his family and many friends, but all may be comforted that his pain is no longer with him.
As information is updated it can be found on the following websites: www.rowefh.com and www.wicremationcenter.com or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444.
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.