William Calvin “Cal” Fisher, Jr. of Lake Forest, CA, formerly of Herscher, IL, entered into the presence of his heavenly Father on April 19, 2020 at the age of 96. Cal was born on June 24, 1923 in Anita, Iowa to William Calvin “Rush” Fisher, Sr. of Friendship, AR and Helen Irene Spaah Fisher of Sapulpa, OK.
In February, 1943, age 20, he entered into active service in the United States Air Force, completing Airplane Mechanic and Engineering training in Long Beach, CA at the Douglas Aircraft Co. He served during World War II from 1943 until 1945 in the European Theater of Operations (crossed the English Channel on D-Day). He was Staff Sergeant Crew Chief Engineer on C47s in the 9th Air Force of the 53rd wing of the 78th Squadron of the 435th Troop Carrier Group. His squadron was responsible for transporting paratroopers and resupply missions. Following and supplying gasoline for General Patton’s vehicle was a regular mission.
Cal married Ruth Morrison of Malvern, Arkansas in 1947. In Malvern he was employed by Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) compressor station in 1959. He worked in Malvern until transferring as maintenance man to the storage facility at Herscher, IL in 1964. He moved to Longview, TX in 1976 as storage operator until his retirement in 1985 after 26 years with NGPL.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Morrison Fisher and is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte Fisher (Michael) Cain of Justin, TX, Beth Fisher (Steven) Loughry of Lake Forest, CA, and Dee Fisher (Timothy) Whitson of Fairfield, TX, six grandchildren: Joshua Cain, Leah Cain, Brooks Loughry, Rusty Loughry, Sawyer Whitson, Riley Whitson and four great grandchildren: Jared Cain, Emma Cain, Olivia Loughry and Natalie Loughry.
A memorial will occur at a later date when travel is appropriate for family to congregate. Burial will be in Gilchrist Cemetery in Friendship, AR where his wife, parents and grandparents are interred. If acquaintances would like to contact Beth Fisher Loughry, text or call 949-633-9144.