Arthur Fisher


Arthur Frederick Fisher was born on a farm near Storla, S.D.,  April 21, 1922, to Ida Luella (Fisher) Townsend and Frederick Holbrook Fisher. He lived and grew up in Keystone, S.D., and Monterrey, Calif.

He was a big kid with a soft heart. He loved reading and sharing ideas. He especially liked the poems of Robert Service. He enjoyed many types of music, but especially country, Irish ballads and the Hawaiian steel guitar music of Marty Robins and Larry Byrd. He had a way with language and remained fascinated by non-English languages and clever turns of phrase and puns. His eyes twinkled with the promise of a big smile, a hearty laugh or a fun joke.

He worked many jobs, including highway-aqueduct-ammunition depot-airbase construction, policeman, business owner and consultant. Two-way radio was Art’s fun and work since he was a boy. When he joined the Army, he wanted to work with radios. And he did, in the Signal Corps, which took him to the island of Leyte, in the Philippines and to Halandia (now known as Papua), New Guinea.

He most enjoyed owning and running a radio shop in Custer, S.D., and working 30 years for the United States Forest Service as a communication technician on the Medicine Bow National Forest (Wyoming) and the Tonto National Forest (Arizona).

He met and married the love of his life, Evelyn Luella Hendrickson, in 1947, and they were happy and loving partners for almost 71 years. They began their life in Custer then migrated to Laramie, Wyo., for 19 years and Phoenix, Ariz., for 50 more.

Art died May 4, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 96.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Ida L. Townsend and stepfather, Roderick Townsend.

Art is survived by his wife, Evelyn Hendrickson Fisher; children, Roy (Mari) Hendrickson and Diane (Greg) Walter; grandchildren, Jason (Erin) Hendrickson, Brenden Hendrickson, Rhea (Clint) Plaisted, Kate (Eric Velez) Acosta, and Kelly (Ryan Bren) McCleary; great-grandchildren, Justine (Austin) Wagner  and Jiselle Plaisted; and great-great grandchildren, Zaiden Wagner and Aisley Wagner.