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In Memory of

Clarence Fischer

November 16, 1927 - April 25, 2017

Obituary


Clarence Stanley Fischer of Bartlett died Tuesday morning; April 25, 2017 of a lingering illness, joining his parents, brothers, and sisters in God's heavenly home. He was born on November 16, 1927, the youngest of the five children of Frank Friedrich Fischer and Meta Adeline Schultz Fischer. Clarence spent his entire life of 89 years within a half mile of his birthplace at his family's Fischer Farm five miles northwest of Bartlett and three miles north of Schwertner.

A kind and considerate Christian man with a gentle disposition and contagious smile, Clarence devoted his...

Clarence Stanley Fischer of Bartlett died Tuesday morning; April 25, 2017 of a lingering illness, joining his parents, brothers, and sisters in God's heavenly home. He was born on November 16, 1927, the youngest of the five children of Frank Friedrich Fischer and Meta Adeline Schultz Fischer. Clarence spent his entire life of 89 years within a half mile of his birthplace at his family's Fischer Farm five miles northwest of Bartlett and three miles north of Schwertner.

A kind and considerate Christian man with a gentle disposition and contagious smile, Clarence devoted his life to his faith, his family, and his farm. His Fischer and Schultz ancestors were pioneer German-Lutheran settlers of the Frelsburg and Industry sections of rural Colorado and Austin Counties. In 1883, his paternal grandparents, Henrich Deitrich (H.D.) Fischer and Wilhelmina Friedrich Fischer, moved to eastern Bell County and established the Fischer Farm. He was a lifetime member of St. John Lutheran Church of Bartlett, where he was baptized (1928), confirmed (1942), and married (1953), and where he will be laid to eternal rest. At St. John he was a member of the church choir and served as a Church Council member and convention delegate. He farmed at the Fischer Farm his entire life, first with his father (beginning with mule-drawn equipment), later in partnership with his brother Gilbert, and most recently with his son Lloyd and grandson Trenton. In 1995, the Fischer Farm was designated as a Texas Family Land Heritage Farm, in recognition of its continuous ownership by one family for over 100 years. In 1980, the Fischer Brothers (Clarence and Gilbert) were recognized as area conservation farmers-of-the-year by the Little River-San Gabriel Soil Conservation District.

In his youth, Clarence attended first through fourth grades at the rural Goodeville School near his home, then transferred to the Bartlett Public Schools where he graduated from high school in 1945. After a one-year stint at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, he returned home to assist in his father's farming operation after older brother Franklin died during World War II. In 1949, when a pretty former high school classmate and close neighbor, Esterleen Miller, was recovering from a broken leg suffered soon after she had returned home from college, Clarence became a regular visitor. Clarence's neighborly assistance, friendship, and companionship soon developed into a serious romance and courtship. (Clarence often joked that Esterleen had to break her leg to slow down enough for him to catch her.) Clarence and Esterleen were married at St. John Lutheran Church in Bartlett on August 2, 1953, on a day that Clarence described as "so hot that the church candles melted". Over the ensuing years, they were divinely blessed with the opportunity to adopt, nurture, and raise three loving children, Shirl, Stanley, and Lloyd, and to experience the joys of their eight adoring grandchildren. Clarence felt that his life was deeply enriched by his marriage and his family, and always cherished their "many tremendous life experiences and challenges".

Staying close to his family's farm roots did not limit Clarence's devotion to broader community service. He served his local community as a member of the St. John Lutheran Church Council and the Bartlett School Board, as toastmaster and committee chairman for the Bartlett Stag Party; as a committee member of the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce; and as a charter director of the Jarrell-Schwertner Water Supply Corporation. He also served as a director of the Bartlett Electric Cooperative for 34 years. At the county level, he served on the Bell County Grand Jury, and as a committee member of the Bell County Farmers Home Administration and Bell County ASCS. Regionally and statewide, Clarence served in director positions at the San Miguel Electric Generating Cooperative for 25 years and at the Federal Land Bank of Waco (now Lone Star Ag Credit) for over 22 years. He also served the Texas District of the Lutheran Church, as area Luther League President, Central Conference Officer, and Men's Brotherhood President and National Convention Delegate. Clarence recently reflected that he was honored to have been "associated with so many fine dedicated and conscientious people" during his time of service.

Clarence was preceded in death by his father, Frank Friedrich Fischer; his mother, Meta Adeline Schultz Fischer; two sisters: Dessie Fischer Zoch (and husband H. O. "Buddy"), and Ruby Fischer Klotz (and husband Carl); and two brothers: Franklin Fischer (a World War II casualty), and Gilbert Fischer (and wife LaVerne). He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Esterleen Miller Fischer of Bartlett; three children: Shirl Fischer Jones (and husband Bobby) of Temple, Stanley Fischer (and wife Christy) of Georgetown, and Lloyd Fischer (and wife Sheri) of Bartlett; eight grandchildren: Tyler Weldin (and wife Alexis), Austin Weldin, Brittany Fischer, Christopher Fischer, Andrea Kauitzsch, Niklas Fischer, Trenton Fischer, and Preston Fischer; sister-in-law, Shirley Lindemann Janke Fischer; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and other extended family members.

Family and friends are invited for visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm Thursday April 27, 2017 at the Tienert Recreation Center, St. John Lutheran Church of Bartlett. Services will be held at 2:00pm Friday, April 28, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church of Bartlett, with Pastor Joe Woodward officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. At Clarence's request, his six grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the St. John Lutheran Church Organ Fund or General Fund.
The Fischer Family would like to thank everyone for all of the kind words, prayers and support given over the past few weeks. We give special thanks to the wonderful, kind and caring staff at Park Place Health Care Center in Georget . To David and Bonnie Lynn, Marjorie Peters and Joyce Martinets for always being available to help when we needed to be elsewhere. This cannot be complete if we did not single out two of Dads physicians. Dr. Cheryl Warren; he wanted you to know you were so kind and liked that you genually cared for him and his wellbeing and alwsys had a smile, And Dr, Russsell Ward; he thought of you like a son/Dr and he respected your opinion above all others. Mentioned or not, you all played a role in his life at one point and for that we thank you all,