Clarence Fischer, 91, Bismarck, died April 23, 2018, in a Bismarck hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 27, 2018 at Bismarck Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5 – 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
Clarence was born on February 27, 1927 to Wendelin and Margaret (Lipp) Fischer in Hazelton, ND. He lived in Hazelton most of his childhood years on the family farm. At the age of thirteen he moved to Bismarck with 10 siblings. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was a prime candidate for the Seabees. He was honorably discharged on July 9, 1946 with the highest rating held: S1C (Seaman First Class).
He married Wanda Lenihan in 1948. Clarence was a lifetime member of both the Eagles and VFW clubs of Bismarck. Most of his career he was an electrician with the IBEW Local #714. This year marks his 65th year with the union. He worked at the Annunciation Priory as the head maintenance man for eight years. He retired at the age of 63.
Clarence was an exceptional wood craftsman building both the house he lived in for 50 years as well as a cabin at Brush Lake from 1962 until 2009. If anyone would drive on Century Ave years ago they would usually see a dog house sitting on the side of the road that he had built.
He is survived by his wife Wanda of Bismarck, six children, Steve (Jacque), Darwin (Carlotta), Becky (Tom) Broeckel, Peggy (Doug) Keniston, Joan (Chris) Dahl and Paul (Sue), 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 5 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clarence is preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister and 3 brothers.
A special thank you to the staff at St. Gabriel's for all the care and support that was given to Clarence.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.