ALEXANDER “ALEX” FISHER was born on November 8, 1916, in Fargo, N.D., to Alfred and Otilda Stavig Fisher. The family later moved to Grand Forks, N.D., where they remained until 1927 when they moved to East Grand Forks, Minn.
Alex graduated from East Grand Forks High School in 1934, where he participated in football, track, basketball, American Legion baseball and Golden Gloves boxing. He also participated in band, orchestra and vocal music.
The two years following graduation Alex worked part-time while also enrolled at the University of North Dakota for one year, participating in football and on the varsity boxing team. The next three years he was a student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, participating in football and baseball while earing his B.A. Degree in Physical Education and Social Studies.
In August he accepted a teaching and coaching position in McIntosh, Minn. On August 18, 1940, he and Eileen Gorman (his high school sweetheart) were married in East Grand Forks, Minn., and they made their home in Slayton, Minn., where Alex had accepted a teaching and coaching position.
On September 1, 1943, Alex enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his discharge on December 8, 1945, he returned to Slayton. While in Slayton Alex was the director of the Slayton Summer Recreation Program. He also found the time to play baseball with the Slayton Rockets.
Alex attended six weeks each summer at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to receive his Master’s Degree in School Administration graduating in June 1950. In July 1952 Alex took a position as the Superintendent of Schools in Huntley, Minn. In 1956 he accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools in Howard Lake, Minn. In July 1957 Alex accepted the position of Superintendent of School in Fulda, Minn. Alex retired in 1977. In July 1987 they returned to Slayton.
Eileen passed away on October 10, 1994.
In 2003, Alex moved to Sunrise Terrace in Slayton and in June 2012 he became a resident of the Golden Living Center-Slayton. Alex passed away at the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the age of 97. Alex was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton where he served on various committees. He was a member of the Fulda American Legion Post where he served as past Commander. He also was a member of the Fulda Lions Club, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA), Minnesota State Coaches Association, and Minnesota Educational Association (MEA). Alex served on the Murray County Memorial Hospital Board and the DAC Board. Alex served his communities with great interest and dedication. He was always active in community affairs and willing to serve where needed. Alex also sang with the Barbershoppers in Slayton and in Worthington. Alex enjoyed traveling, ballroom dancing, hunting, fishing, athletic events and walking.
Survivors include his three children and their spouses: Dr. Michael R. and Patricia Fisher of Windom, Minn., Dr. Mark A. and Kathleen Fisher of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Dr. Deb Fisher and Stan Brown of Edina, Minn., four grandchildren and their spouses: AMY (FISHER) WOLD ‘92 and Andy Wold, Alexander and Melody Fisher, Matthew and Jenny Fisher and Dr. Michael B. Fisher, eight great-grandchildren, Ellen Wold, Adam Wold, Alexander Wold, Katherine Wold, Hailey Fisher, Mark Fisher, Emily Fisher, and Sara Fisher and one sister, Grace Blackstead of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Eileen, and one brother, RANSOM FISHER ‘48.
Funeral Services were at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, Minn., on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Dawn Quame officiating. The pallbearers were Dr. Michael B. Fisher, Matthew A. Fisher, Alexander M. Fisher, Andy Wold, Orville Grieme, and Dwayne Westra. Interment was at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Slayton. Military honors accorded by the Slayton American Legion Post and the Slayton VFW Post.