AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Wilfurd Fischer, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 91 years old.
GATHERING OF FAMILY & FRIENDS will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
INURNMENT will be in the St. Kathryn’s Cemetery in Ogilvie.
Wilfurd Melvin Fischer of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on October 20, 2018. He was 91 years old.
He was born at home on February 5, 1927 in Union Township, Knox County, Nebraska to Louie and Nellie (Heins) Fischer. He grew up on local farms, the youngest of eight children. Wilfurd started first grade at the age of five, and graduated from Center High School at age seventeen in May of 1944.
He was drafted in 1945, and was inducted into the Army Air Corp in December of that year. He trained at Scott Field, Illinois as a control tower operator. He was stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan and was honorably discharged in February 1947. Following his military service, he worked a variety of jobs in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
On April 5, 1956, Wilfurd married Rita Ganter at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Blaine,
Minnesota. Together they raised eight children on farms near Ann Lake and Brunswick. He farmed full-time until the fall of 1965 when he enrolled in a Highway Technician program. He worked for the Minnesota Highway Department as a technician and later transferred to the maintenance department. He also worked for Pine County as a technician.
Throughout his years on the farm, he took pride in raising registered Brown Swiss dairy cattle, fruit trees, and flowers. Horses were a constant part of his life – he rode, trained, and admired them. Wilfurd was an avid reader and had an extraordinary memory for facts, figures, and historical information.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; infant son, William; parents; and siblings. Wilfurd is survived by his children, Rose, Matt (Stacey), Louise Bliss (Tim), Lois McKinnell (Dave), Margie, Sue, Linda Pankonin (Dennis), and Rich (Lori); grandchildren, Michelle, Lucas, Nick, Mitchell, Stephanie, Meghan, Brianna, Hunter, and Spencer; great-grandchildren, Logan, Keegan, Sage, Addyson, Amelia, Hank, Finnley and Hudson; brother-in-law John Ganter (Alice); nieces, nephews, and friends.