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Dean W. Fisk


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Dean W. Fisk Obituary

22, July 1926 – 14, August 2015

"The Greatest Generation" is diminished by the loss of one…

Much was asked of the Greatest Generation; all answered their call without hesitation, giving more than their fair share with quiet resolve and simple dignity. This generation was quick to offer a helping hand to those in need; both giver and receiver understood, without words, that the only repayment expected was that the receiver would offer the same courtesy to another when circumstances allowed. As in all things, a few took advantage, but the overwhelming majority lived by this basic code. They knew that at work, fair compensation could be expected and would be given – all understood that honesty, sacrifice and hard work would lead to a better life. Quietly, diligently, this generation built the foundation for the best of the world we know and enjoy today.

The Greatest Generation is nearly gone; they have seen their hard work and sacrifice rewarded in varied, often unexpected ways. Tired, they have lain down their tools, taken time to observe the fruits of their labors and given thanks for the good with prayers such as…

"Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to have served you and my fellow man. I have done the best I could and have seen much to be thankful for. I have not been perfect and ask for your forgiveness for the times I have erred. Mostly, I ask that you watch over those I now must leave. Guide them as you have me; help them make their world a better place by their efforts so that, when they reach this time, they, too, may offer their own prayers of thanks. Amen."

Dean W. Fisk, a member of the greatest generation, passed to God's side 14, August 2015. Like the great majority of his generation, he became successful by working hard, sacrificing much and giving more than was asked without expectation of reward. He had a varied career as a mechanic, electrician and business owner, retiring in 1988 at Beale Air Force Base after twenty-five years in Federal Civil Service. He served in the Wyoming National Guard as Platoon Sergeant for the 115th Tank Battalion and as a firefighter in the Lander, Wyoming Volunteer Fire Department. He was active in and served several Lutheran churches, most recently at First Lutheran Church in Yuba City.

He is preceded in death by brother Everett, sisters Florence Arnold, Edith Codiga, Inez Carroll and Doris Edwards, nephew Carl Arnold and niece Joann Carroll; he is survived by wife Betty Fisk, stepson Greg Kennedy and wife Sandra, nephew's John Carroll, Edward Arnold, Clifford Fisk, Denis Fisk, James Fisk and Bernie Edwards, nieces Kay Annanders and Carol Scholz, granddaughter Shannon Nesbitt and husband Sean, great-grandchildren Emerson and Harlow Nesbitt.

His life example will continue to shine brightly in all who knew him.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015, at 3pm at Sutter Cemetery.

Those wishing to send a memorial gift, please contribute to First Lutheran Church or Sutter Health Hospice, both in Yuba City.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 22, 2015
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