He was born April 3, 1932 in Sioux City, the son of John August and Gertrude L. (Goodier) Fisher. He attended Sioux City schools. He married Rose Bishop on June 8, 1957 in Sioux City. He had resided his whole life in Sioux City except for nine years that he resided in St. Joseph, Mo.
He was employed with Armour & Co. for 20 years. Later he was employed with Sioux Tools, Marian Health Center, and also part-time at the Sioux City Tyson Event Center.
Richard was a member of the Salvation Army. He also sold war cry magazines for them. His greatest and most full-filling hobby was taking pride in his work.
He also enjoyed spending time with family especially his grandchildren, woodworking, rebuilding and repairing vehicles, watching football games with family and his dog.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and he was a member of American Legion Monahan Post 464.
Survivors include his wife, Rose of Sioux City; daughters Rosalie and Richard Ellefson of Le Mars, Cynthia Murphy and her significant other Orland Strom of Sioux City, Blanche Fisher of Naples, Fla., son Richard and Tammy Fisher Jr. of Sioux City, and Melissa and Jason Uhl of Lawton; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister Helen and Bob Stellzer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a sister-in-law Barb Fischer of Denver, Colo.; and a half-brother Marvin and Carol Nelson of Sioux City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John August Fisher and Gertrude L. Fisher-Nelson; a brother Herb Fischer, and step-brothers Charles (Chuck) and Darwin (Butch) Nelson
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Christy - Smith Morningside Chapel in Sioux City. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation was Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m., with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.