Funeral Mass for Donald J. Fisher, 91, of Dickinson will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 29, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of South Heart with Father Shane Campbell celebrating. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Heart.
Visitation for Don will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 28th at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson, ND with a rosary and vigil service being held at 6:00 p.m.
Don passed away Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Touchmark at The Ranch in Prescott, Arizona.
Donald J. was born October 11, 1931 in Dickinson, the son of Alex and Mildred (Kaisershot) Fisher. Growing up he attended South Heart School and High School, graduating in 1949. Don met his wife to be, Irene Faller, at a wedding dance at the Baghdad Dance Pavilion. The couple was married two years later on May 2, 1953 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dickinson. Don and Irene lived in a mobile home for a short time before moving to Miles City, MT where Don was employed by the Northern Pacific Railway as a telegrapher. Don’s job moved his family to various cities in Montana and North Dakota before they settled in Dickinson in 1958. The couple was blessed with three children—Bruce, Donna and Nora. Don became a K of C Insurance Agent in 1965, promoted to General Agent in 1971 which moved his family to Topeka, Kansas. Don and Irene lived there for 21 years. Don retired in 1992 and South Heart became their retirement home. Don and Irene became snow birds, living in Florida during the winter months for 15 years.
Don enjoyed a variety of hobbies from yard-work & gardening, to coin collecting, to home improvement, but above all, was a love of golf. In 1969 he made his and the neighbor’s 120-yard deep backyards in Dickinson into a 5-green, 9-irons course. When (supposedly) retired, Don was instrumental in the development of Pheasant Country Golf Course in South Heart and ran the club house (for free) in its early years. And, Don and Irene’s winter-home was behind the seventh green of The Hamptons Golf & Country Club Auburndale, Florida.
Don was fighter who battled through cancer twice and the loss of a daughter to cancer. He was a steward of love and care-taking for his wife through many years of Alzheimer’s disease.
Don is survived by his son, Bruce (Tina) Fisher of Prescott, AZ; daughter, Donna (William “Burt”) Thompson of Grand Island, NY; son-in-law, Shane Sharpe of Tuscaloosa, AL; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Mildred Fisher; wife, Irene (2018); daughter, Nora Sharpe (2014); brother, Ray Fisher; sisters, Arvilla Hecker and Rita Kubas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or St. Mary's Catholic Church for Masses to be said in his honor.