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Mass of the Christian Burial for Clarence J. Fischer, 94, was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham. The Celebrant was Fr. Andrew Hoffmann, assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners. Music was by Faye Seidl and the St. Joseph's Choir. Lectors for the funeral mass were Dennis Fischer and Gene Tranel. Gift Bearers were Clarence's granddaughters. Eucharistic Ministers were Donna Ankenbauer and Gene Derner. Casket Bearers were Clarence's grandsons: Jeremy Fath, Phillip Tranel, Christopher Tranel, Chad Odland, and Craig Fischer; and Clarence's great-grandson, Ryan Wilson. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Dedham. Military honors were conducted by the Dedham American Legion and the Audubon V.F.W.
Clarence Joseph Fischer was born on June 30, 1919 at Templeton, the son of Frank and Katie (Bierl) Fischer and died early Wednesday morning, Oct. 16, 2013 at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.
He spent his early years in the Templeton area, attending school at Holy Angels in Roselle, then Sacred Heart School in Templeton. Clarence served in the United States Army during World War II until his honorable discharge in October of 1945. While in the military on April 18, 1944 he married Agatha Dentlinger at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur. The couple lived in Louisiana for a brief time and then returned to the Templeton and Willey area. Since 1950 the couple had lived on their farm south of Dedham with the exception of three years in which they owned and operated a supper club in Oskaloosa. Clarence was a grain and livestock farmer his entire life and also enjoyed woodworking. In 2008, following the sudden passing of his wife Agatha, Clarence became a resident of St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dedham, Dedham American Legion, Audubon V.F.W. and was also active with the REC Board for many years.
Survivors include his children: Dennis (Elaine) Fischer of Boise, Idaho; Daryl "Dual" (Mary Ellen) Fischer of Audubon; Denise Odland of Johnston; Diane Fath of Des Moines, and Debra (Gene) Tranel of Washington, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his sisters: Catherine Pelfresne of Michigan, Mary Dentlinger of Audubon, and Dorothy (Frank) Youngblood of Washington State; his brothers: Otmar (Colette) Fischer of Algona and Leonard Fischer of Carroll; his in-laws: Gladys Halbur of Halbur, Jeanette Venner of Carroll, Jim (Rita) Dentlinger of Glidden and Elaine Dentlinger of Carroll; as well as other extended relatives.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Agatha in 2008; his son-in-law, Ronald Odland; his sisters: Hilda Steffes and Rita Ferden; and his brother John Fischer.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, 2013