John W. Fisher, 88 of Fleming, NY, died Saturday, August 7, 2021, just short of his 89th birthday. Born on August 31, 1932, to William and Dora Fisher, he lived all of his farm life in Cayuga County. He was blessed to have his daughter, Janie, choose a career in nursing, as she provided much of his health care during the past few years, enlisting the help of the rest of the family along the way, so he could remain in his own home.
A graduate of Weedsport High School, John was a successful dairy and crop farmer, first with his dad, William Fisher, and then with his own farm until his retirement in 1996. Following his retirement, he assisted his stepson, Craig Culver with his dairy and crop farming and took a great deal of comfort having him handy, just up the road to “shoot the breeze” and get the “scoop” on what was happening in the local farming community daily.
John loved his farm life, sharing ideas and kibitzing with fellow farmers. He was very proud that his stepsons, Keith and Clair Culver, chose to pursue careers in agricultural-related fields. John loved reading The Citizen and The Syracuse Post Standard daily to keep abreast of local current events and everything that was affecting the agricultural industry. For many, many years he was a DeKalb Seed dealer and a member of Eastern Milk Producers. He attended the Scipioville Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Scipio Volunteer Fire Department. In 1996, John was recognized by the National FFA Organization for his “encouragement, cooperation and assistance given the FFA in helping them to accomplish outstanding achievements in agriculture, leadership, citizenship and community development.”
John was happiest when he was surrounded by his loving family. His eldest daughter, Janie, was the key organizer of many Father’s Day and birthday family get-togethers after his beloved Gloria passed away. Along with the help of her sister, Jeanne, brother Jim and the Culver stepbrothers, he enjoyed having his extended family members celebrate his special events with a chicken Bar-B-Q at his home, year after year. It never got old. The photos of different family members at all of these gatherings were cherished by John and could be enjoyed in every room of his farmhouse.
John is predeceased by Gloria Culver Fisher, mother of his three stepsons, Rebecca Culver, step granddaughter, Kay Fisher, his first wife and mother of his two daughters and son, Bernadine and Lewis Bradt, sister and brother-in-law and Dora Mae Bradt, niece. Surviving are his daughters, Jane (Ron) Walsh, Jeanne (Larry) Baldwin, son, Jim (Lynn) Fisher, stepsons, Craig (Marlene) Culver, Keith Culver (Lorena Fiore), Clair Culver (Ellie Peavey), as well as his twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grand children.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, August 12, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with the funeral service following at 1:00 PM at White Chapel Funeral Home, Inc., located 197 South Street in Auburn. Private burial service will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Fleming. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Scipioville Presbyterian Church at 3428 State Route 34B, Scipio Center, NY, 13147.
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