Mr. William "Bill" Fischer, Jr. passed from this life on May 9, 2008, at his home in Santa Fe.
Born April 3, 1925 in San Antonio, Mr. Fischer had been a resident of Galveston County since 1927. He left high school without graduating to serve in the Navy during WWII on the troop carrier Mt. Vernon from 1942 - 1946, but was awarded an honorary High School diploma in 2002 when Senator Kyle Janick recognized area high school veterans for their similar service to the nation. He had been employed as a pilot and mechanic by John Mecom Oil for 20 years and as an aircraft mechanic by Martin Aircraft Aviation for another 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mae Fischer, Sr. of Galveston; his sister, Louise Thorne of Ridgecrest, CA; his brother, Colonel Frank O. Fischer of Redmond, WA; and a son, William Craig Fischer of Santa Fe.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara; brothers Carl Fischer, Sr. of Houston and Major Chester A. Fischer of Ormond, FL; daughter, Janet Hoye Fischer of Anchorage, AK; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Ginger Fischer of Cleburne, TX; son, Jason Fischer, of Cordova, AK; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 12, 2008, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home with Pastor Chad Overton of Houston officiating. Mr. Fischer will be interred at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock with a private service.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Fischer, Jason Fischer, James Fischer, Carl Fischer, Jr., Pete Pytrysson, Rogers Yarborough, Jay Coffman, and Stan Ballard. Honorary bearers will be Kerry Lucas, David Bain, and Ron Phillips.
Friends may call from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2008, at the funeral home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501. www.hayesfuneralhome.com