Joseph W. Fischer, 77, of Norwalk, died Friday afternoon, June 22, 2007, in Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk.
He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Norwalk, and was a 1947 graduate of St. Paul High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea as a gunner and tank commander with the 64th Tank Battalion from 1951-52. He then graduated from Notre Dame University in 1958 with a degree in business. He was in sales all of his life and worked for the Ralston Purina Co. in Germany, and returned to the United States to work at Wabco, a division of American Standard, retiring in 1995. His career required traveling throughout the world, and a memorable day in the 1970's was dinner with the Chinese and then Ambassador George H.W. Bush, where he discovered it was an honor to eat a 100-year old duck egg. His interest and passion was the love of the land and farming.
He is survived by his sister, Marie (John) Ruffing of Norwalk; brother, Adolph Fischer of Norwalk; and three nephews, Thomas of Norwalk, Timothy of Huron and William of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Theresia (Sundl) Fischer.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Monday in Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, where a rosary service will be 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow with military honors at St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to St Paul Catholic Church, Building Fund, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857.
Condolences may be sent to norwalkfuneral.com.