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Russell E. Fisher

Posted By Winkel Funeral Home On June 10, 2019 @ 4:07 pm In Obituaries | 27 Comments


Russ passed away surrounded by his loving family Monday, June 10, 2019 at William Crispe Community House in Plainwell.

He was born December 15, 1935 in Plainwell the son of Eldon and Julia (Stewart) Fisher. After high school Russ had worked at Michigan Cottage Cheese and as a supervisor at Menasha for over 35 years retiring in the late 1980’s.

He enjoyed whistling, racing trottingbred horses, antiquing, and following his kids and grandchildren’s sporting events. In 1984 at the Otsego United Methodist Church he married Shirley Senese who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Brad (Char Forbes) Fisher, Shawn (Ron) Gleason, Dawn Koerts, Deb (John) Johnson and Denise Allen; grandchildren, Tera (Chuck) Kinnane, Glen (Rachel) Fisher, Sarah (Josh) Wooster, Kelly Worden, Jesse (Brandy) Blanchard, Kyle (Rita) Gleason, Rick Gleason, Tiffani Gleason, Kevin (Katie) Koerts, Jesse (Alyssa) Koerts, Anthony (Amber) Johnson, Derick (Melissa) Johnson, Jeffery Johnson, Desirae (James) Haydon, Justin (Kenzie) Allen; step-grandchildren, Serih, Chuck, Elijah and Enoch;  great-grandchildren, Madison, Kennedy, McKinley, Sierra, Victor, Reagan, Chase, Adam, Michael, Aleyca, AJ, Sophia, Brendon, Grace, Lane, Colton, Alex, Addie, Clara, Aubrey, Luke, Caroline, Trenton, Trevor, Tyler and Adeline and son-in-law, Dale Richards.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Sandy Richards.

Friends may visit with Russ’ family from 6-8 P.M, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, June 13, 2019 with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Russ may be made to Southern Care Hospice or Otsego United Methodist Church.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Condolences for the family of “Russell E. Fisher”

Condolence from Becky (Wolf) Hammond on June 10th, 2019 5:13 pm

To the entire family. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

Condolence from Denise Wilson on June 10th, 2019 5:59 pm

Sorry for your loss… sending healing prayers to the family!

Condolence from Brandie on June 10th, 2019 6:02 pm

I am so sorry for you loss, sending prayers to the family and friends. Our condolences are with you. May God hold each of you in His hands during this time and give you peace comfort and strength. The DeHaan-Henry’s

Condolence from Fritz & Linda Spreitzer on June 10th, 2019 6:23 pm

So sorry!!!
Praying that God will wrap His loving arms around your family and give each of you His comfort and strength.
He will be missed!

Condolence from Mrs. Jim (Patti) Hewitt on June 10th, 2019 6:54 pm

From one broken hearted widow to another, I fully understand your pain Shirley. It is difficult to be strong when you’re feeling so broken, & trying to be and act ‘normal’ is exhausting. My heart goes out to you & your family in your loss of Russ. Be kind and gentle with yourselves as you navigate this grief journey. It is a long, rocky & painful road. ❤️

Condolence from Treasa Hageman on June 10th, 2019 7:36 pm

Brad I am so sorry for your family’s loss. You are in my prayers.

Condolence from RONALD HAGEMAN on June 10th, 2019 8:08 pm


Condolence from Deb Mancuso Farmer on June 10th, 2019 8:22 pm

Shirley I’m so sorry to here this my prayers are with you and all the kids may he Rest In Peace

Condolence from Judy Lampen on June 10th, 2019 9:55 pm

Thoughts and prayers to the family

Condolence from Sherry and Ken Schumaker on June 10th, 2019 10:02 pm

We are sending our love and prayers to all of you. Russ will be missed by all of you and by many other people whose lives he touched.

Condolence from Terry and Pam Morse on June 10th, 2019 10:02 pm

Shirley and family, We are so sad to hear about Russ. Please know we will have all of you in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead as you go through this very difficult time.

Condolence from Dan Deanda on June 10th, 2019 11:41 pm

My dear friend Brad. I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and the entire fisher family. Prayers for strength. Cherish the memories

Condolence from C.A.and Linda Bowen on June 11th, 2019 4:05 am

Praying for the family,great guy will be missed by all who knew him.RIP

Condolence from Kimberly Horn on June 11th, 2019 5:50 am

Sending my love and condolences to you Shirley. I remember you two always coming to support Kelly at our sporting events. We loved to swim at your home as kids. Grandpa Fisher sure loved his kids and Grandkids. Every time he called or visited Sandy her eyes would light up.

Condolence from Tim Brewster on June 11th, 2019 8:43 am

Hearts maybe broken and sad but he is with god now and we will see him again when god calls us up to.

Condolence from Darlene and Ron Hoover on June 11th, 2019 9:57 am

Sad to hear. The two of you have been such good friends Ron enjoyed working with Russ at Meñasha and we all had so much fun together in Florida and here at home. He will be missed love and prayers to you and entire family

Condolence from Dick and Wendy Thompson on June 11th, 2019 11:59 am

So sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers go out to Russ’s Family and friends ❤️

Condolence from Evie Watkins on June 11th, 2019 2:38 pm

Russ was such a joy to care for and a very kind man to everyone here at William Crispe Community House he will be missed by all of us. My prayers are with all of you ❤️

Condolence from John & Diane Glessner on June 11th, 2019 5:41 pm

Dear Shirley, and family,
We are so sad about Russ, however are rejoicing in his home going. You will miss him deeply but, hopefully, your blessed memories will sustain you. Praying for your family and sending our love,
John and Diane

Condolence from Stan,Jeanne Wheeler on June 12th, 2019 10:35 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Condolence from Joan R Walters on June 12th, 2019 5:10 pm

Shirley, Brad, Shawn and families,

So sorry to hear of Russ passing. I was going thru some of my parent’s pictures a few months ago and ran across pictures of Russ as a baby and a young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Joan Walters

Condolence from Steve pettit on June 12th, 2019 5:17 pm

Dear Shirl, I pray that God will give you and your family Peace and Comfort, that only he can give. Isaiah 41:10 May Bless you and keep you! Steve Pettit.

Condolence from Dee Krcatovich on June 13th, 2019 12:21 am

To the entire Fisher and Vernia famiies, My deepest love and condolences are with all who are mourning the loss of Russ. May God’s everlasting love be with you and give you peace knowing that Russ now rests in the arms of our Lord and Savior. God be with each and everyone of you.

Condolence from Vicki (Pfau) Weber on June 13th, 2019 3:43 pm

Dear Shirley, Brad, Shawn and Family Members,
So sorry to learn of Russell’s passing. Another heart break to endure. I have many memories in my childhood at my Grandma Honey’s (Giddings) when Grandma would host Thanksgiving and the whole family would come. It was pretty full in the basement, lots of food and gifts from Uncle Donny Fisher and Russ would be there with his family. I always will remember a lot of those good times, seems like once you grow up, time goes much faster. Hold on to your memories, they can bring you joy and comfort.
Prayers to you all
Vicki (Pfau) Weber

Condolence from Debbie Anderson on June 13th, 2019 4:19 pm

I am so sorry hearing about the passing of Russ. To the Fisher families and the Vernia families you have my deepest sympathy. May God give all of you peace, strength, and comfort to go through this difficult time. God Bless all of you.

Condolence from Linda Doss on June 14th, 2019 9:36 pm

I will forever miss Russ. He always made me laugh here at William Crispe. We had some good conversations. I wish I could have known all of his interests before he passed. We owned a race horse, trotter, years ago. I never knew he was a sulky driver. He was a much loved and respected man. My prayers for those he left behind.

Condolence from Jeff and Diane Bogren on June 16th, 2019 1:25 pm

We were saddened by the news of Russ passing. we will all miss his humor and kind way. We are sorry for your loss.

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