Lebanon Reporter


November 15, 2013

Ronald R. Fischer

Ronald Ray Fischer, outdoorsman, lover of food, accomplished traveler and the best Grandpa ever, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. He was loved and admired, and will certainly be missed by his family and numerous friends. Ron was born in Vincennes, to Loren and Chrystal Fischer (both deceased), on Dec. 12, 1945. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna (Urban); daughter, Jennifer Hooge (Jon); son, Matthew (Kelley); and four wonderful grandchildren, Joseph, Jocelyn, Brandon and Brody. He also leaves a sister, Brenda Garver from Lebanon; and a brother, Robert from Missouri. Ron grew up in Vincennes (with a few years spent in Phoenix, Ariz.), and moved to Lebanon after graduating from Vincennes Lincoln High School. He attended Lincoln Tech and worked in Thorntown and Indianapolis, and then owned and operated Fischer’s Texaco Station located at the first northbound Lebanon exit. Lots of stories and memories came out of that station. He moved his family to Mesa, Ariz., in the spring of 1979. He loved the outdoors and camped and hunted for many years. He would often share stories of his hunting trips — mountain lions eating their deer and javelinas charging him from the back of a limestone cave. There are few roads that he had not traveled throughout Arizona, rarely having to use a map (and certainly not a GPS). He loved seeing new places, and always wanted to drive there so as not to miss anything in between. Yes, he would have driven 100 miles out of the way to see that big ball of string. Ron reveled in his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a kindred spirit in his love of nature with Joseph, enjoyed receiving squeezers from his little princess Jocelyn, he loved to cook pizza and eggs with Brandon, and would snuggle with Brody rubbing his little feet. Ron will be so very missed by his family and many friends he has made over the years. He based his life upon the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, designated for bladder cancer research.

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