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Long-time Estes Park resident Prentice E. Fisher passed away peacefully April 2, at the age of 94. Born and raised in rural southern Indiana, he attended high school in Evansville, IN and started his own grocery store after graduation. It was there that he met his future bride, Esther, about two years before he entered the
Air Corps. They were married May, 22, 1942 in Columbia, SC where he was stationed. After spending 28 months in the south Pacific during WWII, Prentice earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana State University and masters from Colorado A&M (Colorado State University).
Prentice began his professional career as an Industrial Arts teacher in New Albany, IN, in 1949. They built their first cabin in Estes in 1954 and during summers in the 1950s and 1960s owned and operated End-of-Trail cottages on the High Drive. Prentice retired as Director of Vocational and Adult education and left a legacy with the establishment of the Prosser Career Education Center, providing vocational education in the southern Indiana area. In 1970 the family moved to Estes Park, where as a contractor he and his son Jim built numerous homes.
In 1978 Prentice and Esther moved to Flagstaff, AZ, and later divided their time between Flagstaff, Sun City, AZ, and Estes Park for many years before moving back to Estes at Good Samaritan Village in 2006.
During his retirement years Prentice always kept active, using his gifts to volunteer for Wycliffe Bible Translators, KJNP Christian radio station in Alaska, and in various church administrative positions in Estes Park and Flagstaff. A devoted husband and father, Prentice lived life with authenticity and integrity, using his belief in Jesus Christ and God's Word as his guide. Always willing to lend a hand, he brought joy and touched many lives through his quiet manner and tender heart. His quick wit and mischievous nature will be missed by all who knew him.
Besides Esther, his wife of 71 years, Prentice is survived by his son Jim Fisher (Gail) of Broomfield, CO, daughter Jana Ruhlman (Dave) of Flagstaff, AZ, granddaughter Wendy Stookesberry (Mark) of Centennial, CO and great-grandsons Felix and Griffin.
A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Bible Fellowship, 1575 S. St. Vrain Ave. on Sunday, April 6 at 3:00p.m.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Apr. 12, 2014
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