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James William Fisher
date of birth May 9 1934
date of death November 1 2020
Jim W. Fisher
May 9, 1934 – November 1, 2020
James William Fisher (Jim) passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the age of 86 years. He had suffered with Parkinson’s Disease for many years.
Jim was born on May 9,1934 to George W. and Georgia Wright Fisher in Portland, Oregon. He was the youngest of two children (21 years younger than his sister). As a child he lived in Portland and spent some time in the city of Beaver on the Oregon Coast where his dad was building lumber mills.
On June 2, 1952 he enlisted in the US Navy. He served most of his 4 year enlistment as a radio operator on the USS Southerland DDR743 in the Pacific during the Korean War. He completed his service on May 24, 1956 in San Diego where he was joined by his wife, Pat, and first met his 7 month old daughter.
Jim met Patricia Louise Wright while on leave in San Francisco, they were married on November 28,1954 at Canby Christian Church in Canby, Oregon. They lived in San Diego and San Jose, California (where their other 3 children were born, the fourth child was born on their 6th wedding anniversary) before returning to Oregon in 1966. With the exception of one year in Boise, Idaho; he lived in the same home until 2012 (46 years). He lived in assisted living for the last 8 years.
Jim and Pat were married almost 55 years when she preceded him in death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Arthur Berheim; by four brothers-in-law, James Wiley, Jim Leiper, Larry Wright, and Gary Wright; and a son-in-law, Scott Andersen.
Jim is survived by daughter Sharon (and Dan) Smith of Canby, son Craig (and Penni) Fisher of Woodburn, daughter Lori Andersen of Canby, and daughter Anita (and Randy) Wirick of Goldendale, Washington.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Bryan (and Christy) Smith of Oregon City, Krista Smith of Canby, Kevin (and Denae) Watanabe-Smith of Tualatin, Nate (and Katlyn) Smith of Canby, Casey Andersen of San Francisco, Ryan (and Emily) Wirick of Goldendale, Washington and Aaron (and Jessica) Wirick of Goldendale, Washington.
He was blessed to have eight great-grandchildren born since 2011: McKenna, Caleb, Reagan, and Charlotte Smith; Sierra Watanabe-Smith; Jamison Smith; Joseph and Elijah Wirick.
He is also survived by five sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law: Sharon Wright, Carol Wiley, Jackie (and Harry) Preuitt, Shirley Leiper and Debbie Wright.
He has held numerous jobs through the years, many in sales. He worked for IBM in San Jose, then as a salesman for Mutual of Omaha insurance, where he earned many honors. In 1966, due to the pressure of the growing crowd in San
Jose, he and Pat packed up four kids (ages 5-10) and headed back to Oregon and closer to family. Without a job or a place to live, they lived with Pat’s brother’s family for a couple of months before purchasing their home in Canby, which they moved into on Christmas Eve 1966. Jim continued to work in sales for the rest of his working life. He sold restaurant supplies, packaging equipment, and commercial lighting among other things. His work involved a fair amount of traveling.
Jim worked to live (he didn’t live to work). He was always active. He kept his yard, large woodworking shop, house and cars in meticulous order. He was very creative, always building some special gadget for something. He loved working with wood, he built cabinets to supplement the family income while in California and for the house in Canby. He also made beautiful desks, workbenches and many other things. He had dirt bikes, four-wheelers, a dune buggy, a bicycle, and a Honda Goldwing touring bike which were all well used. In later years, he hiked a lot. He made friends out of neighbors, men he met riding motorcycles and men he worked with. His best life-long friend from the Navy and best man in his wedding was Cliff Dreyer. His closest friends for the last many years were Dave Saine and Doug Petok.
He and Pat owned several RV’s through the years and enjoyed camping as a family. They also traveled by rail to Branson, Missouri twice. After being in the Navy, he had no desire to travel overseas again.
In 1973 he and Pat purchased 5 acres of rocks, sage brush, and junipers at Crooked River Ranch in central Oregon (it remains in the family). They spent countless weeks over 35+ years there where they “vacationed” in an RV; clearing rocks and sage brush, putting in a well and septic system, and building a shed and large RV cover.
Jim was known for his quick wit, creative talents and adventurous spirit. He will be missed.
A private memorial service will be held at Zion Memorial Park Mausoleum where he will be interred.
3 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Carl and Barbara Menkel We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed a conversation with your dad.
Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Christina Keady Rest in Peace Mr. Fisher. My condolences to all the family that will miss him so much.