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Kenneth Joseph Fischer entered into eternal life on the morning of October 31, 2013. Kenneth, who was 89 years old, leaves behind family and friends who will dearly miss his sense of humor, calm countenance, and loving presence. Kenneth was born October 2, 1924 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Jefferson High School in San Antonio and continued on to the University of Texas at Austin. His years of college were interrupted by his call to serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Ken proudly served from 1944 until 1946. After his return from the war, Ken was reunited with the love of his life, Wilma Lown, and they were joyfully married in 1949. Their marriage of over 66 years has been both a blessing and an inspiration to many. Kenneth graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1949 and then built a career in residential construction. Later, Ken was instrumental in the engineering of the Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB which was opened in 1957. He followed this with 25 years of civil service as a hospital engineer at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Kenneth also served his community as a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 32 for more than 10 years and was honored with the award of the Order of the Arrow. The consummate Boy Scout, Ken loved spending time outdoors with his family. He made enjoyable memories for his family with their many trips camping, hiking, and exploring. In addition, Kenneth was an avid cyclist who enjoyed long weekend rides with the San Antonio Wheelmen. Although Kenneth struggled for years with low vision and ultimately blindness, he remained active and involved in life. Kenneth was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifetime member. He devotedly attended every meeting and served as an officer for VFW Post 9603. In 2011, he was thrilled to be selected to participate in the Alamo Honor Flight where he was able to travel to Washington D.C. to pay tribute to his fallen comrades at the WWII Memorial. Kenneth was also a 61 year member of Temple Beth El in San Antonio and served in the Temple's Brotherhood for many years. Kenneth leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Wilma Lown Fischer along with their children David Fischer, Helene Elbein and Wendy Tabish. He is also survived by his younger brother Richard Fischer. His memory will live on in the lives of his children and fifteen grandchildren whom he dearly loved. He will be remembered for his witty sense of humor, his love for the outdoors, his love of animals, his intense interest and participation in the lives of his family members, and his quiet and patient endurance. His calm presence and zeal for life will be remembered and missed by all his surviving family members. God speed husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend . until we see and embrace you again.
NOVEMBER 3, 2013
TEMPLE BETH EL
211 BELKNAP PLACE
Rabbi Darryl Crystal and Cantor Julie Berlin officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, 2305 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX 78210 www.salighthouse.org
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Published in Express-News on Nov. 2, 2013