Funeral services with full military honors for Alan C. Fisher, 96, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Tom Brady officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Fisher died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at his home, surrounded by family.
He was born May 15, 1922, in Globe, the son of Harold Clark and Lora Ester Albright Fisher. He attended Brubaker, Lone Star, and India rural grade schools, and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1940. He later graduated from Lawrence Business College in 1941 and from the University of Kansas in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Business.
Alan was active in the Army ROTC at the University of Kansas, and later served his country in the United States Army, serving in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He worked briefly for the American Legion Department Headquarters in Topeka before beginning a 45 year career with the Reuter Organ Company, where he held the positions of service & installation manager and purchasing & personnel manager. He retired in 1994. He was very active in Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 of the American Legion, where he held various positions of leadership and worked with many of their activities – the Legion baseball team, Boy’s State, Cadet Law, pancake feed, the Avenue of Flags, and providing military funeral honors. He was bestowed the Life Membership by the Post. He also researched and wrote a history of the Post from its founding in 1919 to 2002, which can be found at the Post and the Lawrence Public Library. He was named the Substantial Citizen by the Kiwanis Club in 1999 and was voted into the Lawrence High School Hall of Fame in 2015. Alan was instrumental in getting the name ‘Liberty Memorial’ attached to Central Middle School, and was a frequent volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Alan married June Rose Burton on Mar. 9, 1951, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include four sons, Michael Fisher, Eudora, Kevin Fisher, Lawrence, Brian Fisher and wife Rita, Eudora, and Kent Fisher and wife Chris, Lawrence; five grandchildren, Jay, Matt, Ryan, Kaitlyn, and Noah; and two great grandchildren, Blake and Brooklyn. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ross Fisher, and a sister, Margarett Starkey.
Friends may call from 9 am to 8 pm Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 American Legion youth programs, or Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com