Dale O. Fisher died in Stafford, Va. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.
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He and his wife, Nina Mapes Fisher, were married on Dec. 11, 1959, by the Rev. Norris Cook at the Lycoming Presbyterian Church in Newberry.
Born July 8, 1926, in Williamsport, he was the son of Oscar D. and Nellie (Bechtel) Fisher.
He was a member of the Class of 1944, Williamsport High School and was of the Protestant faith.
He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard seven submarines in the Pacific Theatre. He survived 11 war patrols, including USS ARCHERFISH which sunk the Japanese aircraft carrier SHINANO and the USS PILOTFISH in which he observed the official Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. Following the war, he was a member of Joint Task Force One, Operation Crossroads, which was the first atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. He was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal, among others.
He graduated from the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Brockway, in 1951 and worked for several years with the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission and the PA Department of Forestry. He graduated from Penn State University in 1959 with a B.S. in Forestry. He retired after 26 years with the United States Forest Service, serving in Vermont, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
Surviving are a son, James J. Fisher of Stafford, Va.; daughters, Bonnie E. Mapes of Burnsville, N.C., Kathleen A. Farrar of Georgia; eight grandchildren; and three-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by Nina, his wife of 52 years; brothers, Robert of Williamsport, James of Winterhaven, Fla.; also daughter Amy Elizabeth McGraw (age 31); granddaughters, Shannon Christine McGraw (age 10) and Tessa Ardoin (age 3).
At the request of Mr. Fisher, there will be no public services. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from June 18 to June 30, 2014