C. Gary Fischer

It is with great sadness that the family of Carl Gary Fischer of Fargo, North Dakota, announces his passing May 6, 2020, after courageously living for many years with Parkinson’s Disease.

Gary was born January 1, 1941 in Grafton, North Dakota, to Carl and Isabelle (Pokrzywinski) Fischer. He was baptized and confirmed at Grafton Lutheran Church in Grafton, North Dakota.

He attended rural elementary school in Walsh County at Martin District #55 and graduated in 1959 from Grafton High School. His love of science was evident early on and as a junior in high school his electro-plating project won him a prestigious national science fair prize of a five-day cruise with the United States Navy. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, on June 2, 1963.

Gary worked for American Crystal Sugar from June 7, 1963 to August 31, 2001. He started as a chemist in Rocky Ford, Colorado, and then in Drayton, North Dakota, and went on to management positions in Drayton, North Dakota; Crookston, Minnesota; Moorhead, Minnesota; and Hillsboro, North Dakota. He was also very proud to have served in the United States Army National Guard in the 957th Engineer Company of Cavalier, North Dakota.

On June 25, 1966, Gary married the love of his life, Anna Marie Almen, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Park River, North Dakota.

He was a spiritual man and an active member of Grafton Lutheran; Drayton Lutheran; St. Paul’s Lutheran in Crookston, Minnesota; and most recently Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota.

As an amateur radio operator with the call sign KBØM, he is now a Silent Key. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, volunteering in civic organizations, traveling, telling jokes, music, gadgets, technology, cars, and a good meal with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie; daughter, Jill and her husband, Nabil Al-Masri of Chaska, Minnesota; son, Ryan of Warsaw, Indiana; granddaughter, Nadia Al-Masri of Chaska, Minnesota; and sister, Carol Fedje of Hoople, North Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Winston Fedje.

The family expresses gratitude to the kind staff at Rosewood on Broadway for the nearly seven years of care for him.

We appreciate all of the prayers, visits, messages, and phone calls that have been extended to us now and throughout the years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to: Great Plains Food Bank, 1720 3rd Ave. N., Fargo, ND 58102 or The Hour of Worship, P.O. Box 1562, Fargo, ND 58107.

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