Daryl "Dual" P. Fischer, 66, of Audubon, transitioned to the Lord's heavenly kingdom on Wednesday April 9, 2014, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon.
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Mass of the Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dedham. The Celebrant was Fr. Andrew Hoffmann assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners. Music was by Cindy Bauer and the St. Joseph's Choir. Lectors were Dennis Fischer and Gene Tranel. Gift Bearers were Dual's grandchildren: Karenna Petersen, Brendan Petersen, and Kiersten Petersen. Eucharistic ministers were Pat Anthofer and Gene Derner. Casket Bearers were Dale Willenborg, Clete Anthofer, Brian Klocke, Craig Owen, Bob Schumacher, and Jon Schumacher. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery, in Dedham with military honors conducted by the Dedham American Legion.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Dual's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Daryl Fischer (also known as Butch by his family) was born at Carroll on Feb. 18, 1948, the son of Clarence and Agatha (Dentlinger) Fischer. Daryl was baptized and confirmed in the St. Joseph Parish in Dedham. He attended Kuemper Catholic Schools graduating with the class of 1966.
He entered the United States Air Force in June of 1967, taking basics and advanced training in Texas. He served in Vietnam and Brasilia, Brazil, South America, being honorably discharged in the rank of Sergeant in June, 1971. After his service to his country, he worked for a short time in Kansas City, before starting his farming career. He joined his father's operation, and they farmed together until 2008.
Daryl and his wife Mary Ellen (Johansen), were married Sept. 19, 1992 in Audubon. One of his biggest joys was becoming stepdad to Mary Ellen's daughter, Marisa. After Marisa was married he found his greatest joy in the three grandchildren who followed. Many happy hours were spent at baptisms, birthdays, and their annual vacations at Lake Okoboji.
Daryl was an active lifetime member of the Dedham American Legion, enjoying all activities and meetings, including past commander. He was a forever farmer at heart, meticulously caring for his tools and equipment. In his younger years, he rebuilt antique tractors and made many friends at tractor pulling events. He brought an endless array of trophies home, some of which landed at his mother's home for her to dust. Daryl nearly always had a smile on his face and spent time in good-natured teasing often at the expense of his younger sisters. He enjoyed a beer with his friends and was always ready to help nearly anyone in need, including watching over his aging parents.
Preceding him in death were his parents: Clarence and Agatha Fischer, and sister-in-law Deanna Bonnesen.
Survivors include his wife: Mary Ellen Fischer of Audubon; stepdaughter Marisa Petersen and husband Matthew, as well as his grandchildren: Karenna, Brendan, and Kiersten, all of Ankeny. Also surviving are his siblings: Dennis Fischer and wife Elaine of Boise, Idaho, Denise Odland of Johnston, Diane Fath of Des Moines, and Debbie Tranel and husband Gene of Washington, Ill.; his mother-in-law Bernice Johansen of Audubon, sister-in-law Clarann Burgess and husband Steve of Clive, and brother-in-law Richard Bonnesen, of Aurelia, as well as much loved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends and neighbors.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Apr. 18 to Apr. 25, 2014