Edward O. Fischer, 87, passed away on Jan. 10, 2018
Edward Owen Fischer was born in Winfield, Kan. on Aug. 23, 1930 and passed from this world on Jan. 10, 2018.
His life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at St. James Catholic Church, Augusta. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta.
One of five children, his own father passed away when he was 5 years old. He was raised by his mother and her large Irish Catholic family in Augusta, during the Depression. His Moriarty family was always a big part of his life and he loved to talk about his Uncle Bud who was like a father to him. He grew up and went to school in a two-room school house until the seventh grade, when he went to public school. He loved raising pigeons as a boy and exploring the small town of Augusta, where his adventures were like a young Huckleberry Finn. During WWII, when help was scarce, he worked 10 hour days on the railroad at age 13 until the railroad foreman found out how old he was. He delivered milk and worked in an ice plant, as well. He unloaded watermelon trucks when he was young and worked on a farm in Beloit, Kan., when he was 16. Later he worked in the oil fields in Sedgwick, County, Kan. for Magnolia Oil Company. He met his future wife and the love of his life, Joyce Bradley, at the local drug store. He married Joyce on Aug. 15, 1952 and they have had 65 wonderful years together.
Ed and Joyce had four children: Susan Edwards of Tulsa Okla., David Fischer of Augusta, Eric Fischer of Derby and Terri Fischer-Smith, of Sharon Vt.
Ed is survived by: his wife Joyce; his children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
His children and grandchildren have grown up hearing the wonderful stories he told of his life. Besides stories of his childhood, he also shared his experiences serving two years in the Army and working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Later he went to college at the University of Wichita and then became a Jayhawker at the University of Kansas, where he received his degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1960. He worked for Skelly Oil Company in Hutchinson, and later was hired as chief engineer for Petroleum Incorporated, a division of Garvey Oil in Great Bend, in 1964. He moved to Jenks, Okla. in 1975, where he worked as chief engineer of operations for the Kaiser-Francis Oil Company for seven years. His innovative ideas helped him to increase production for the companies he worked for over the years. Eventually, he started his own company, KC Oil, which he operated until his retirement.
Along with coaching little league baseball for his boys when they were young and hunting with them, he also took his family on a couple of famous camping trips in Kansas and Colorado. Ed got his pilot’s license when he moved to Oklahoma and bought his first airplane. He loved to fly his Grumman Tiger, which he kept at Jones Riverside Airport in Jenks. He and Joyce enjoyed several years of flying around the country making trips to Canada, Colorado, Louisiana and also as far east as Vermont. Most of their trips in later years were to Augusta, to see family and friends. Ed felt that he had the “ luck of the Irish” because of all the wonderful adventures he had during his life and the several times that he recounted avoiding death from near drowning when he was a boy to escaping hazards with automobiles, lightning, oil rigs on land and in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as flying airplanes. A family member compared him to movie star Robert Mitchum in looks when he was young, and his adventures in life to Indiana Jones.
The last few years, Ed loved spending time working around the house, feeding the wild birds and keeping his large lot mowed. He could repair anything and enjoyed inventing devices to make life easier for Joyce, such as the automatic doggie door for their little dog Pandy. He loved old movies like Mayberry, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, old westerns, football and historical documentaries. His greatest joys in life were his children and his grandchildren.
Ed will be missed by all who loved him and those who knew him as the kind, generous and loving man that he was in this life.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Meals on Wheels 12620 E. 31st St. Tulsa, OK 74136 or call 918-627-4103. Donations should be designated for Jenks, Okla. Meals on Wheels, which Ed and Joyce have helped with over the years. ww.moorefuneral.com