James R. Fisher was born Aug. 5, 1926 in Manhattan to James T. and Jean Dean (Tibbs) Fisher and grew up on The Big Spring Ranch. He later attended schools in Harrison and Whitehall. Jim was the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Belgrade High School in 1944.
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Jim served his country during his time in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, during World War II, as an Aviation Electronic Technician's Mate, Second Class.
Jim also graduated from the DeForest's Training Institute in Chicago, in 1949, where he received a degree in radio and television technology.
Jim met Marie Fogle and they were married on Nov. 3, 1951. They celebrated 61 years together. They raised four children: Aline, Steven, Candace and Judy, all of who reside in Montana.
Jim enjoyed his career as an electronics technician. He also owned and operated his own radio and television business and was later employed in the industrial electronics business.
He was a man of many talents. He played several musical instruments, sang a wide array of musical genres, enjoyed dancing and had a great creative talent for woodworking.
Jim was a family-oriented man who believed that family was the core to his life. He lived each day with that goal in his mind and heart.
His is survived by his wife, Marie; their four children, Aline (James) Moore, Steven (Susan) Fisher, Candace (Tim) Marsh, Judy Fisher and his brother, Gilbert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers, Clarence, Harold and Kenneth; his two sisters, Florence and Mae and one granddaughter, Kimberly Moore.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Montana Hope Project, PO Box 5927, Helena 59604; Shodair Children's Hospital, PO Box 5539, Helena 59604, or The Pioneer Museum, 317 W. Main St., Bozeman 59715.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 2, 2013