Judson Junior Fisk

Judson J. Fisk, 76, of Nacogdoches, TX, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at his home after a long battle with cancer. His wife Carol, stepdaughter, Marie and her husband, Kevin were at his side. Judson was born January 10, 1938, in Spencer, Iowa to Judson Samuel and Mary Mae Corsaut Fisk. He grew up in San Bernardino, CA, where he graduated from Pacific High School in 1955. He joined the U.S. Navy on June 29, 1955, served in the Vietnam War, and continued serving in the Navy until his retirement on July 1, 1984. Judson married Betty Jewel Wilson on June 26, 1957. They had two daughters, Leora and Rebecca, and lived in various places while he served in the Navy. He also raised Betty’s younger brother, Vernon Ray Wilson, after their mother died when he was only nine. Betty died in 1987. Judson married Carol F. Waggoner on May 13, 1989, in Austin,TX, and they lived in Texas and Washington before settling in Nacogdoches. He became stepfather to her seven children. After his retirement from the Navy, Judson became an over-the-road truck driver hauling for various companies. He also was very active as a volunteer and spent many hours transporting veterans to and from various VA Hospitals in both Washington (Bellingham to Seattle) and Texas (Lufkin to Houston). Judson enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved boating, the outdoors and deep-sea fishing. When he was at home, he spent his time woodworking and fixing things around the house for his loving wife Carol. He also enjoyed flying planes on the flight simulator on his computer. Together he and Carol enjoyed traveling around the country in their motor home to visit friends and family, and taking occasional motorcycle trips. His faith in God was always at the forefront of his life, and he was at Carol’s side assisting her with her music ministry. Judson was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty; brother, David M. Fisk; sister, Rita Kay Fisk; brother-in-law, Gary Kilgore; and stepdaughter, Connie McBurney. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol, of Nacogdoches; daughters Leora (Joe) Udulutch of Buckeye, AZ, and Rebecca Lynn Fisk of Everson, WA; brothers Darold Fisk of San Bernardino, CA and Samuel (Olivia) Fisk of Fulton, CA; sisters, Phyllis (Neal) Sides of San Bernardino, CA, Kathy (Frank) Smith of Riverside, CA, and Janet Kilgore of Apple Valley, CA; three grandchildren, Corey, Jason and Josh; seven great-grandchildren; seven stepchildren, Marie (Kevin) Gallagher, of Owatonna, MN; Michael (Diane) Hill of Deming, WA; Teresa (Keith) Barnett of Conroe, TX; Bruce (fiancé Claudia) Hill of Viroqua, WI; John (friend Kristin) Hill of Phoenix, OR; and Christie (Stan) Cook of Nacogdoches, TX; 15 stepgrandchildren, and 11 great-stepgrandchildren. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, with the Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Nacogdoches, with the Rev. Msgr. James E. Young, Father Joseph Lourdsamy and Deacon Luis Baca officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Joe Udulutch, Kevin Gallagher, Mike Hill, John Hill, Stan Cook, Bruce Hill, Keith Barnett and Ivan Marcinko will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House of East Texas, 4111 University Boulevard, Tyler, TX; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To convey condolences to the family please log onto www.lairdfh.net.

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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 26, 2014