Max Edgar “Ed” Fisher went home to be with the Lord on February 21, 2017 at the age of 95, in Turlock, CA.
Ed was born on October 18, 1921 in Petersburg, Indiana to Carl and Elizabeth Fisher. Growing up with 5 brothers and 2 sisters, he was always a part of a large family.
In the third grade, Ed relocated to Southern California with his family where he graduated from Valencia High School in 1939. After graduation, he received a scholarship to California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, where he would go on to receive a degree in Agronomy.
After college, Ed enlisted in the Navy. He attended Mid Shipman School in Chicago and entered his first assignment as an Ensign on a Subchaser in the North Atlantic. He was soon promoted to Commanding Officer on a Patrol Craft in the South Pacific near the Philippine Islands. It was there that Ed served his country until the end of WWII.
After the war, he began his teaching career in Templeton, CA where he met his “best girlfriend” Louise Hamm. Ed and Louise married on July 2, 1950 in Atascadero, CA. They shared a deep love and enjoyed 62 beautiful years together.
Ed and Louise moved to Livingston, CA where he taught Agriculture for three years before finally accepting a teaching position at Hilmar High School.
Ed loved teaching and encouraging his students. Under his leadership the students excelled, receiving many distinguished awards and meaningful life skills. Ed is one of the first inductees into the Ag Teachers Hall of Fame.
During his time teaching at Hilmar Ed and Louise bought 20 acres in Turlock, built a house, ran a small dairy and later raised sheep. It was the perfect place to raise their three boys: Bob, Richard and Ron. Ed loved his wife and boys, and as the family grew, he cherished his roles as grandpa and great-grandpa.
Ed taught at Hilmar High for 26 years, up until his retirement in 1979. After retirement he stayed busy, continuing to work various jobs until he began working at a Jersey Dairy for one of his former students, Bill Ahlem. Ed became involved in their breeding program, where he achieved National Master Breeder with Ahlem Farms Partnership. Ed worked there for over 30 years and enjoyed every minute.
Ed is survived by his sons, Robert Fisher (Cindy) and Ronald Fisher (Debbie); daughter-in-law, Lynette Fisher; 7 grandchildren: David Fisher, Linda Fisher, Corey Fisher, Carson Fisher (Melissa), Trevor Fisher, Amanda Piersma (James), and Natalie Fisher and 7 great-grandchildren: Eden, Elijah, Madelynn, Cade, Gracie, Mia and Emmie.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise Fisher; son, Richard Fisher; parents, Carl and Elizabeth Fisher; brothers: Charles, Mark, John, Carl, and Jim and his sisters, Mary Helen Bastady and Johanna Cariker.
Ed was an outstanding man: a WWII Navy Veteran, teacher, dairyman, and faithful family man. He was a man of many accomplishments and received commendations and awards in all areas of his life’s journey. He will truly be missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Fri., Mar. 3 at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, CA.