Cecil John Fischer

Born: Mon., Nov. 3, 1919
Died: Mon., Nov. 2, 2009

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Cecil John Fischer – a resident of Pendleton passed away of Bone Cancer at Elizabethan Manor in Pendleton on Monday, November 2, 2009. He was 89 years old. A funeral will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 9, 2009 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Private family burial will be held in the Olney Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Cecil may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton, St. Anthony Hospice, the Pendleton Foundation Trust or a charity of ones choice and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. He was born to Charles and Caroline Fischer at the farm home located at rural Wessington, SD. He was baptized in the Rose Hill Church where his parents were charter members. He attended country school through the 8th grade and graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1937. He attended Wessington Springs Jr. College in the education program. He received his teaching certificate and he taught rural school for the next few years, including the home school and his younger brother Leland was one of the pupils. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, Cecil enlisted in the Navy and was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. At that time, Rheumatic Fever was rampant, and Cecil was diagnosed with it. He was in the Naval Hospital for many months recovering. He developed a heart murmur and was given a good conduct discharge on January 14, 1943. Following his discharge from the Navy he worked for Cutler Hammer in Milwaukie, Wisconsin in the shipping department. This company manufactured Naval equipment. In September 1943 he left Cutter Hammer, and after spending some time at home with his family he enrolled at the University of South Dakota in the Education Program and received a B. S. Degree in 1945. While at the University, he met his future wife Hope L. Perryman of Hurley SD. Cecil and Hope were married June 15, 1946. Both taught at schools in SD, and in August 1947 they moved to Pendleton, Oregon. Cecil taught one year, then began working for the Post Office. He retired on December 31, 1982 as Postmaster of the Pendleton Post Office and Supervisor of 56 offices in North Eastern Oregon. He worked with the Boy Scouts from the Presbyterian Church taking them to Boy Scout Camp at Wallowa Lake. He also took them to High Lakes in the Wallowa Mountains whenever they needed help. He worked with the Campfire Girls and Little League Baseball program. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias which sponsored the program, and spent many hours moving rocks to make another playing field. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Jr. Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Pythias and several other organizations.. He is survived by his wife Hope at the home, sons Warren Lee Fischer of Claremont, NH, Loren John and wife Lori of East Wenatchee, WA, two grandchildren; Aaron Joseph of Mount Vernon, WA, and Kara M. Fischer of Spokane, WA, two brothers; Charles and wife of Corvallis, OR, Calvin of Wessington, SD, two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter Faith Ann on February 6, 1992, parents Charles and Caroline Fischer, a sister and two brothers, daughter-in-law. After his retirement he was asked of he missed going to work, his response was "I miss seeing and visiting with the people. Pendleton has been good to me".

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