Sunday, September 28, 2014

William Lee "Bill" Fisher (September 25th 2014)

William Lee "Bill" Fisher, 88, of Union City, OH, died Thursday September 25th 2014 at home.

He was born July 22, 1926 in Greenville, OH, a son of the late Charles H. and Doris (Edwards) Fisher.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles and Robert Fisher, and son-in-law Jerry Hittle.

Bill spent his early years on a farm. His family moved to Columbus, OH but he kept close with friends in the Union City area. After he graduated from Columbus South High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. Bill was only 17 years at the time so his father had to sign the papers. After boot camp Bill was assigned to the U.S.S. Keokuk, a mine sweeper with their base in San Francisco, CA. At Iwo Jima one Japanese suicide plane hit the ship on the starboard side hitting Bill which resulted in the loss of his right leg from knee down. After a year of recuperation in the U.S. Naval hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He settled in Union City, IN. For his honorable service he was awarded the Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, American Theater Campaign and World War II Victory Medals. After his marriage to Joanne, he worked at Jobes & Sons in Greenville, OH and worked at Harrison Printing Company in Union City. Then in 1965 he became a compositor at the Greenville Daily Advocate until he retired. He was involved for 50 years in Union City, Indiana Lions Club. Bill enjoyed being involved in Lions Club, having served as District Governor 1979 - 1980.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joanne M Gullett Fisher; Daughters, Barbara (Brian) Livingston of Rockford, IL and Deborah (Ric) Burkett of Union City, OH; granddaughter, Allison (Jonathan) Butler of Union City, In; and great grandson, Grayson Butler. He is also survived by step grandchildren, Sheryl (Richard) Byron of Piqua OH and Jason (Alli) Hittle of Rossburg, OH and Chirs Weimer of Fairborn, OH; Step great grandchildren, Coltin and Kaitlyn Byron, Kylie, Kelsey and Kaleb Hittle.

Services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, with full military honors by the Greenville Honor Guard. Burial will follow in the Union City Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 5 – 7PM

Memorial contributions made to Union City Indiana Lions Club.