Baker City, Oregon
Paul E. Fisher, 81, of Baker City, died April 20, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home.
Mr. Fisher was born March 23, 1920, at Sault Saint Marie, Mich., to Edward and Helen Johnston Fisher.
He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant. After the war he moved his family to John Day. He spent many years in Grant County, working in the lumber industry. He also worked in Washington, California and Utah before settling in Lowell. He had recently moved to Baker City to be close to family.
During his youth Mr. Fisher traveled across the country, hopping freight trains, playing gigs in nightclubs and shagging baseballs at every opportunity.
One of his proudest moments was when the city of Lowell named a city park after him. He created and maintained the park while he was a city employee. Marshall Lockwood, a dear friend from Baker City, worked alongside Mr. Fisher in this endeavor.
Mr. Fisher is survived by his children, Dwayne Fisher of Baker City, Jo Ann Barnes of Spokane, Wash., Judy Olson of Livingston, Mont., Chuck Fisher of Santa Rosa, Calif., Scott Fisher of Davenport, Iowa, and Daryl Fisher of Spokane; stepchildren, Ramon Lara of Baker City, Jeanne Smith of Seneca, Lola Cowgill of Pasco, Wash., and Tom Lara of Newberg; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Pearl Wood Fisher, who died in 1986; and his wife, Essie Lara Fisher, who died in 1998.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 4, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor