In Memory of Richard "Dick" Fischer

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday November 10, 2019
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Visitation - Day of Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Monday November 11, 2019
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Mass of Christian Burial

1:00 pm
Monday November 11, 2019
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Richard Alan Fischer, age 80, lifelong resident of Ellsworth, passed away November 6, 2019 surrounded by his family at the Comforts of Home in Hudson. Richard was born September 28, 1939 in Red Wing, MN to Freeman and Francis (Thom) Fischer. He graduated from Ellsworth High School, the Class of 1957. Dick proudly served his country in the United States Marines Corp. He was united in marriage on January 28, 1961 to Darla Jean Borst at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Timothy, Theodore, Jody, and Rebecca, and 58 years of love and devotion. Dick worked as a lineman with Northern States Power for many years.

Dick was a man of integrity, with a servant’s heart. He lived a life of service to his country in the military, to his family as a constant provider of unconditional love and caring, to his community in his work as a lineman for NSP, and to the Lord with his deep faith. Together, Dick and his wife, Darla found great joy in serving others on a mission trip to Ecuador, which brought cherished memories for them. He was a dedicated member of the Ellsworth American Legion, Kinne-Engelhart Post 204 and the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis Catholic Church. Dick was a man who took pride in his country, and truly appreciated the beauty of the world and nature all around him. He loved being at home, on his woodland farm and creek, and was most content in spending time with his family on the wooded trails, flower gardening, and planting prairie grasses and trees. He loved creating a sanctuary for all living things; people, plants, and animals. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Dick had a creative mind and spent countless hours in his shop, repurposing unused scrap into useful treasures.

Dick had a great view of the world around him, but also in the air as well, as he had a pilot’s license and owned his own plane. Dick passed on to his family his love of flying and service in the military. Dick leaves behind a beautiful example that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Dick will remain in the hearts of his loving wife, Darla; children, Timothy (Sheila) Fischer of Ellsworth, Theodore (Ava) Fischer of Chippewa Falls, Jody Thomas Fischer of Rochester, MN, and Rebecca (Marion) Esterby of River Falls; grandchildren: Jesse, Jerome (Riah), Jordan (Brittany), Jarek, Logan, Annaka, Jonathan, Abigail and Benjamin Esterby; great-grandson, Carter and another little one on the way; siblings, Thomas (Audrey) Fischer of Alexandria, MN, Terry (Diana) Fischer of Beldenville, Mary (Marv) Young of Deer Park, and Yvette (Mike) Deiss of Ellsworth; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM Sunday, November 10, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 231 Woodworth St., Ellsworth, and one hour prior to the Mass on Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will take place 1:00 PM Monday, November 11, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church, with Fr. Eric Dadson officiating and Fr. Nathan Thainase concelebrating. Military honors provided by the Ellsworth American Legion, Kinne-Engelhart Post 204 will immediately follow the Mass at the church. Dick’s grandchildren have the honor of serving as pallbearers. Private interment will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421. www.oconnellbenedict.com

Richard "Dick"'s Tribute Wall

Tributes (5):

  • My brother Dick was a true brother-taking vacation time to help me clear my lake lot, so Audrey and I could build our home. We enjoyed Dick and Darla’s many visits fishing, meeting our friends over dinner and playing cards. The Spotted Cow Beer, he brought along was enjoyed by all. We also enjoyed traveling together with them out East, and site-seeing in Minnesota and North Dakota attending events. Visits to his home was an enjoyment–to see the pond he developed with fish swimming around and walk the many trails in the woods. What more can we say about a brother who was truly loved and will be missed greatly.

  • I remember one of the first times I met Dick. He came to Rochester to watch Jody water ski. He was so proud that day. I was in awe of how attentive he was to what Jody was doing, thinking about how he never thought Jody would have an opportunity like that after his accident. Dick smiled the whole time and teared up. We were all crying by the time Jody was done. Dick wasn’t afraid to show how proud he was of his family. Those moments on the dock with Dick watching Jody ski will stick with me forever. I am reminded of that moment every summer when we get Jody back on the water.
    I am praying for peace and healing as you all work toward moving forward without Dick.

  • Lynne and I met Dick 6 years ago when we bought the old horse ranch. I quickly realized how lucky we were to meet this guy with a heart of gold and a curiosity about life. We never tired of his stories about hunting, fishing, flying, or his kids or grandkids. I loved that he built a tree house with old telephone poles just so he could sit up there enjoying nature and reading his Natural Geographic magazines. I am also happy that he was able to see our new house and enjoy many of Lynnie’s dinners and washed down with a Linie. We will miss Dick every day because we are walking the land he loved so much. I know his spirit will be with us out there.

  • Dick was a great father-in-law. His support of family and friends was outstanding. Always willing to give a helping hand. My best memories with Dick will always be fishing for trout down at the Lost Creek with his grand kids and spending time in the woods hunting for flowers or mushrooms. I have had many good times playing Euchre and Cribbage with him through the years. I will miss hearing him tell stories and jokes. The world is a better place thanks to him. I hope he realized all the little things he always did made a difference in peoples lives. Living this way came naturally to him.

    Thank you Dick, I will miss you and remember you always.

  • We were so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was always so kind to us, with a smile and a hello. My Dad (Don Lamberg) thought the world of Dick and recalled his time working with him at Pierce Pepin Cooperative and the many funerals they attended together for their fellow Veterans. Dick was at my Dad’s memorial service on a bitter cold night in February, that would have meant the world to my Dad. You all will be in our prayers, May he Rest In Peace.