Sept. 20, 1929 - June 22, 2007
NORWALK - Joseph W. Fischer, 77, of Norwalk, died Friday afternoon at Gaymont Nursing Center.
He was born Sept. 20, 1929 in Norwalk, and was a 1947 graduate of St. Paul High School. He served in the Army in Korea as a gunner and tank commander with the 64th Tank Battalion from 1951 to 1952. 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 Company 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 1970s was when he had dinner with the Chinese and then-Sen. George 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 and brother-in-law, Marie and John Ruffing of Norwalk; a 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 to 9 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, where a rosary service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 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 in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Paul Catholic Church, Building Fund, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857.