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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Orval Ray Fisher, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born May 8, 1919 in Thorncreek Township, he was the son of Francis Warner and Lillian L. (Keirn) Fisher.
Orval spent his entire lifetime in the Columbia City area where he graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1939.
After graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
His first marriage was to Vida Irene Kreider on Feb. 17, 1946. His second marriage was to Etta Pauline Dimmick on July 11, 1971 at the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
As a teenager, he worked at Columbia Drug Store, Columbia City.
On New Yearâ€™s Eve, in 1940, he opened the Happy Valley Skating Rink, Columbia City, which he owned and operated for 40 years, retiring in 1980.
He then worked for several years for Drudge Industries, Warsaw. He attended the Columbia City United Methodist Church and he was a lifetime member of Columbia City American Legion Post #98. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, E. Pauline Fisher of Columbia City; two sons, Larry Orval (Cindy) Fisher of Leo and Richard S. (Arlene) Fisher of Buena Vista, Colo.; one daughter, Beth E. Fisher, Fort Wayne; one stepson, Steve (Carol) Dimmick of Columbia City; one sister, Lucille Rondot of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Marion, Donald, Earl, Clifford â€śBoscoâ€ť and LeRoy Fisher; and sisters, Rosella Smethers and Edith Boggs.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, from 2 to 6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor David Arnold of Columbia City United Methodist Church officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Fisherâ€™s memory to Columbia City United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.