Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Colorado. Inurnment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Fred was born in Ferndale, Michigan, on Aug. 5, 1937, to Forrest O’Dell Fisher, Sr. and Louise “Betty” Anna (Cochrane) Fisher. Fred attended Ferndale High School and graduated in 1955. He joined the U.S. Navy in May of 1955 and proudly served his country until May of 1963 when he was honorably discharged.
Fred married the love of his life, Cynthia Astella (Cary) Fisher in 1961. Fred attended Wayne State University from 1955-57 and 1959-60, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1960 and his Master of Science in Geology in 1961. Prior to that, he attended the University of Michigan from 1957-58, and lastly, he attended the University of Wyoming where he got his Ph.D in 1966.
Fred worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior Geologic Division, where he worked for 30 years until he “retired.” He specialized in Economic Geology (metals/non-metals) and Volcanology.
Fred and Cindi then moved to their farm in Montrose, Colorado. Fred continued to work for the USGS during the winter months for the next several years. He continued to enjoy farming until 2013 when he completely retired.
Fred is survived by his wife Cynthia Astella (Cary) Fisher; his daughter Terry and her husband Robert Weltzer of Conifer, Colorado; and his son Stephen Fisher and Tracy Inman of Montrose, Colorado. He is also survived by his grandson Jason Fisher and his wife Rebekah and their children Andrew, Jonathan, Leah and Morgan of Green River, and grandson Dustin Fisher and his wife Becky, their son Weston and their unborn child of Montrose, Colorado. Fred is also survived by his granddaughter Jennifer (Fisher) Mellon and her husband Brian of Grand Junction, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents Forrest O’Dell Fisher Sr. and Louise “Betty” Anna (Cochrane) Fisher, brother Forrest O’Dell Fisher, Jr., brother Edward Morgan Fisher and daughter-in-law Kay Fisher.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, 2050 Overland Ave., Billings MT, 59102.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.