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Philip Harold Max von Fischer

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Philip Harold Max von Fischer Obituary
Philip von Fischer

Philip von Fischer, 87, of Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, August 31st at his residence.

Philip Harold Max von Fischer was born on December 12, 1928 in Springfield, MN. He attended grade school and high school in Springfield, MN, was awarded the John Watson American Legion medal for most outstanding senior student and graduated in 1946. He attended St. Olaf College for two years and transferred to SDSU College of Pharmacy, was Hobo Day Chairman in 1951 for the SDSU Homecoming event and was in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities before graduating in 1952. He met the love of his life at SDSU - Donna Lou Kjar of Pierre, SD. They married August 17th, 1952. He joined Lewis Drug in 1952 as a pharmacist in Mankato, MN and transferred to Sioux Falls in 1956 as the general manager and head pharmacist of Lewis Drug's newly built Southgate store. Phil retired from active responsibility in 1992 only to be named Lewis Drug's Ambassador of Goodwill and Public Relations. For many years each senior day he greeted the customers with his big smile and warm heart. During the forty active years with Lewis Drug Phil served on numerous boards: President of the South Dakota State Pharmaceutical Association; Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Vocational School, Sioux Fall Credit bureau. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, a Sunday School teacher, and a member of choir and drama. He served as the chair of the congregation and sang in the church choir.

Phil is survived by his wife, Donna and children, The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson and her husband The Rev. Dr. Peter Samuelson of Minneapolis, MN, P. Scott von Fischer and his wife Beth of Illinois and Colorado, Paul von Fischer and his wife Lisa Hunter of Overgaard, AZ, and grandchildren, Miriam and Daniel Samuelson-Roberts, Isaac Samuelson and Dakotah von Fischer; sisters, Marlene (von Fischer) Weber, Elizabeth (von Fischer) Hier and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will begin 11:00 am Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Monday at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Our Savior's Lutheran Church Foundation.
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 2, 2016
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