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Harold Wayne Fisher
May 28, 1924 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 99) 99 Years Old
Harold Fisher, age 99, of Glenwood, MN died peacefully on February 1, 2024, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. A memorial service will be held later this summer. Inurnment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.
Harold Wayne Fisher was born on May 28, 1924, the fifth of five boys born to Henry and Clara (Dobberthein) Fisher, and grew up on a farm near Frost, MN. After an 8th grade education and 3 years of working as a hired farm hand and other various jobs, Harold enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was stationed on the island of Guam. He observed the nuclear bomb testing in Bikini Atoll from a ship during Operation Crossroads in 1946, which he said was “pretty scary”. It was also during this time he met the love of his life, Muriel Gangstee of Elmore, MN. They met in 1943 and wrote letters to each other on a weekly basis for two plus years while Harold was overseas. Despite Muriel accidentally losing her engagement ring down the kitchen sink the night after they were engaged, Harold and Muriel were wed on March 3, 1946. They had three sons and were happily married for over 71 years until Muriel passed away in late 2017. They kept all the letters they wrote each other in their dresser for the length of their marriage.
Harold and Muriel raised their three sons in various towns across northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. They lived on Lake Mina near Alexandria, MN from 1980-1996 before relocating to Lowry, MN and finally Glenwood, MN. Harold loved fishing and hunting, as well as golf. He also enjoyed flying small airplanes and was an active Mason. Those who knew him well remember fondly the colorful adventures shared on Canadian fly-in trips and harrowing boat rides into the cold winds on Lake of the Woods in search of the all mighty walleye. He also developed a passion for woodworking and gardening later in life.
Hard work and a little luck allowed Harold to usually have a fishing boat and a brand-new car to pull it with, but there were hard times as well. In a letter to his great grandkids, he recalled that after being denied a $500 loan to buy a house for his wife and newborn son, Muriel said to him, “Honey, don’t worry, you’re home safe and we’re together, we don’t have a worry in the world”. Now that statement is true once again.
Harold is survived his sons, Bruce (Pat) Fisher of Plano, TX and Barry (Jane) of Phoenix, AZ; daughter-in-law, Julie Fisher of Long Prairie, MN; close nephews, Bill Fisher and Jim Fisher; grandchildren, Jason (Trish) Fisher, Bryce (Sommer) Fisher, Matt (Carolyn) Fisher, Becky (Steven) McNeill, Ben (Trisha) Fisher and Jon (Shanna) Fisher; 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel; son, Bryan Fisher of Long Prairie, MN; brothers, Herman, Clarence, Vern and Allen “Bub”; and his parents.