In memory of
Joseph Freeman FISHER
FISHER, Joseph Freeman In Loving Memory of Joseph Freeman Fisher of Colville, WA passed away October 7, 2016 at the age of 77. He was born to Gerald and Lillian (Zinserling) Fisher on October 13, 1938. He is survived by his brother Eugene Fisher of Colville, WA, Uncle Robert Wood and family of Newport, WA; nephews Darren Hansen and family of Colville, WA, Gerald Fisher and family of Usk, WA and long time friend Charlene Wood of Newport, WA. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tom and David Fisher and a sister Linda (Hansen) Brown. Joe was raised at Ruby, WA. He graduated from Cusick High School in 1956. His next pursuit was obtaining his Engineer Degree from the Colorado School of Mines graduating in 1961. During the summer of his Jr./Sr. year of college he was working in Thule, Greenland for the US Army's Artic Research program in the Polar Ice Cap. In 1961, Joe attended officer training at Ft. Belvoir, VA and then relocated to the military base at Ft. Campbell, KY because of his engineering knowledge. Upon discharge from the military, Joe began his life long career in mining in Alaska where eventually he became President of the Alaska Miners Assn. as well as GM of Alaska Gold in Nome, AK. In 1963, Joe was mining engineer for Goodnews Mine in Platinum, AK. Due to Joe's vast experience and knowledge of all aspects of placer mining and gold dredging, he was often called upon for assistance for other mining projects in Alaska, Washington and Canada. The State of Alaska used his knowledge of mining to construct two fish ladders built in tunnels around waterfalls in Wrangell, AK and on the Russian River. The one he helped construct on the Russian River is beneficial not only to the salmon, but is a major tourist attraction for Alaska. Always an avid hunter and fisherman, being especially fond of moose hunting, Joe found it important to share these times with family and friends. Joe was a private person, a man of integrity and honor. A man who never wanted recognition. He was a benefactor to many civic institutions including the Alaska Zoo, Alaska Museum and the Iditarod. He was instrumental in bringing the Ponderay Newsprint to Usk, WA which provided many local jobs. After retirement, Joe purchased his dream home on the waters edge of Deep Lake, WA where he spent the remainder of his life. This is where his greatest joy was found reminiscing with family and friends. A private family committal will be held in Newport, WA at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Northwest. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guest book at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements. DANEKAS FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORY, Colville, WA
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