GROVE CITY, Pa. — John Edward “Ed” Fisher of Grove City, Pa., passed on to his eternal home Tuesday morning, July 19, 2016, while under hospice care at Grove City Medical Center. Mr. Fisher was 93 years old.
Ed was born in Walhonding, Ohio, to Clarence and Mary Fisher in 1922. He resided in Ohio until the outbreak of World War II at which time he entered into military service. He served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in the anti-tank unit with the 16th regiment of the 1st Division. His service included battles and campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, the invasion at Normandy, Central Europe and the “Battle of the Bulge.” He received seven Bronze stars and was also presented with the “Jubilee of Liberty” medal from the government of France for his participation in the landing at Omaha Beach on D Day.
Following his military service, Ed married Violette “Vi” Swatik on Jan. 31, 1948, in Mount Vernon. Together they raised four children. They moved to Grove City, Pa., in 1968 when Ed was transferred from the Cooper-Bessemer Corporation in Mount Vernon to the plant in Grove City. He retired as a tool designer from Cooper Energy Services in January of 1985 after working for the company for 44 years.
Mr. Fisher was an active member of the community having served on Grove City Borough Council, Cooper Bessemer Credit Union Board, and was a faithful member of East Main Presbyterian Church for over 40 years. Ed enjoyed trailer camping with his family and after retirement he and Vi traveled extensively including all 50 states of the U.S.
Ed had a deep sense of respect for family and for his personal history. He took his grown children to the remote sites in Ohio where his ancestors had settled and always made a point to keep in touch and visit his relatives.
John Edward Fisher is survived by his wife, Violette of 68 years, Grove City; and their four children, Michael Fisher and wife, Vickie, of Apex, N.C., Karen DeWalt and husband, Mark, of Grove City, Pa., Patricia Raymer of Long Beach, Calif., Linda Zambelli and husband, Bill, of Glenwood Springs, Colo. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jim Fisher of Raleigh, N.C., Clayton (Casey) DeWalt of Acton, Mass., Tara (Mark) DeWitte of New Castle, Colo., and Nick Zambelli of Durango, Colo. Also six step-grandchildren, Abby Cobb, Carolina Beach, N.C.; Kelly Westermann, Greensboro, N.C.; Josh Kaltenbaugh, Goldston, N.C.; Cory Kaltenbaugh, Cary, N.C.; Valerie England, Roseville, Calif., and Vickie Gorski, Volant, Pa. Three great-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren complete the family. He is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Clifton William (Marsha) Fisher of Allegan, Mich., and James L. Fisher (Barbara) of Zanesville, Ohio.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Louis A. Fisher.
Memorial Tributes: East Main Presbyterian Church, 120 E. Main St., Grove City, PA 16127.
Funeral Service: East Main Presbyterian Church, 120 E. Main St., Grove City, Pa., on Friday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Bill Hoffman officiating.
Visitation Hours: Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, Pa., on Thursday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. and in the Welcome Center in East Main Presbyterian Church on Friday, from 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Burial: Crestview Memorial Park Inc., Grove City.