2013-02-14 / Obituaries

Charles ‘Charlie’ Fischer, 79, of South Dakota

Charlie “Charlie” Fischer, 79, of Long Lake, S.D., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Charles, son of John and Magdelena (Hoffman) Fischer, was born April 28, 1933, in Long Lake.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. After his honorable discharge, Charlie attended and graduated from Reich Auction School in Mason City, Iowa. On Dec. 2, 1956, Charlie opened Charles J. FischerAuction Company- Real Estate & Insurance.

On Feb. 14, 1957, Fischer Auction Co. held their first farm auction. Lucy Hoffman joined Charlie in clerking and cashiering that first sale, and everyone that followed for the last 55 years.

Charlie was united in marriage to Lucy Hoffman on Oct. 5, 1958, in Zion Lutheran Church in Ashley. They moved to the family farm north of Long Lake, where they continued to own and operate the Fischer Family Farming business. In 1960 their own family began to grow, as they were blessed with a son, John; and in 1962, a daughter, Kristi.

In 2000, Charlie was proud to see his son, John, take over the leadership role of family business operations.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Lucy of 54 years; son, John of Long Lake and his children, Magdalena “Bea” and Victor and daughter, Kristi (Kip) Wagner of Whitewood, S.D., and their children, Katherine “Katie” and Kevin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Walter.

Funeral service was held at 11:02 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashley with the Rev. Sara Sorensen officiating. The organist was Steve Glaesmann and the soloist was Katie Wagner.

Burial was in Salem Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Long Lake with military rites by the Long Lake American Legion Post #276.

The family prefers memorials to Salem Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Long Lake American Legion Post #276 or Yelduz Shrine Transportation Fund.

Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley has been entrusted with arrangements: www.carlsenfh.com.

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