Lifetime Cedaredge resident Richard "Dick" Fischer died Aug. 1, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 87.
A memorial service was held Aug. 5 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. A potluck followed at Orchard City Park.
Richard Fischer was born in Cedaredge on July 3, 1930, to Alexander and Eliza (Dufur) Fischer. He graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1948.
The day after he graduated, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completing boot camp, he was sent to Japan to await orders to go on to the conflict in Korea. While in Japan, he was accidentally shot by a coworker. He spent 15 months at Fitzimons Hospital in Denver recovering, and then he was sent to Korea where he served as a non-commissioned officer in charge of the 8th Army Code Center. He was discharged in 1952 and returned to Cedaredge.
He married Jean Miller in Cedaredge in 1953.
Mr. Fischer worked for Palmer and Co. in Cedaredge as a truck driver and ranch manager until 1972. He then worked for Russell Stover Candies as a truck driver until 1987. He and his wife then drove as a team for Munson Trans. out of Monmouth, Ill., until his retirement in 1992.
He enjoyed spending time with his best friend, Pepper.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Fischer; sons, Kent (Linda) of Austin, Kevin (Nancy) of Cedaredge and Steve of Grand Junction; three others he considered sons, Dennis (LouAnn) Harriman of Grand Junction, Randy Miller of Paonia and Ernie Cruz of Baltimore, Md.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren from immediate and extended family; and a brother, Ron (Diana) of Grand Junction.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill, Vernon and Edwin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans of America, 4351 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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