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Gene R Fisher, a long-time resident of Rehrersburg PA, passed away peacefully at home, on December 15, 2022 at the age of 86, succumbing to a battle with cancer.
He was born on September 21, 1936 to Calvin R. Fisher and Edna Mae Weidner Fisher. He grew up in Bethel PA and graduated from Bethel High, class of 1954, where he played basketball and baseball. Playing sports always brought him a lot of joy.
He is survived by his very close sister, Sandra (Ray) Keeney of Bethel PA. After graduating from high school, Gene spent time in the US Navy. Returning home, he secured employment as a Tool and Die technician, starting at the Berkshire Textile Knitting Mills in 1959 as a machinist. This later became known as Rockwell International, which he retired from after 39 years in 1998.
He married his wife Anna Mae Bashore on June 7, 1959, together they had 4 children: Cindy (Jeff) Bollinger, Randy (Wendy) Fisher, Steve (Sandy) Fisher and Darlene (Frank) Deesing. Gene enjoyed the company of his family and being grandpa to 9 grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed the outdoors, from extensive hunting and fishing to camping with a large extended family and friends every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. His summer vacations always included family camping at numerous PA State Parks where much of the days were spent canoeing and fishing for Largemouth Bass. Gene always was involved in playing sports with his kids as well as all the neighbor kids too. From Little League Baseball coach to pickup basketball. After work and a homemade dinner, he often played Softball, basketball, football, and other physical activities/games into his early 50s. As children, he always made life fun for us. He then transitioned into watching more Professional football games and picked up playing golf and had a passion to push his luck at multiple casinos, playing mostly the slots. He also enjoyed long sessions of pinnacle and other card games, playing with family and friends.
Gene’s life will be celebrated on December 28, 2022, with a memorial service at the Salem UCC church in Bethel PA, starting at 11 am and with an interment of his ashes following the service.