Joseph Fisher

Joseph L. Fisher

Thursday, November 20th, 1947 - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
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Joseph Loren Fisher, 72, of Bronson passed away February 12, 2020 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers.
A memorial service for Joseph will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Bronson with Reverend Carolyn Robinson Fisher officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home.
He was born November 20, 1947 in Big Rapids, Michigan to Donald L. and Glenna M. (Olson) Fisher. He married his first wife Janice Johnson and she preceded him in death in 2003. On January 15, 2006 Joseph married Joan Diffenbaugh in Three Rivers and she survives.
Joseph had received his Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and continued his education even further to later receive his Master’s degree in counseling from Western Michigan University. He had served as Bronson Community School’s High School counselor for nearly forty years and football coach for twenty-five years until his retirement in 2008. After retirement, Joe continued to serve and educate his community as a driver’s training instructor and hosting foreign exchange students. He was an avid Central Michigan Chippewa and Notre Dame fan, enjoyed fishing and watching football, but he loved watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.
In addition to his wife, Joan, Joseph is survived by his mother Glenna Fisher of Battle Creek; his children, John (Robin) Fisher of Grand Rapids, Elizabeth Hernandez of Burr Oak, Bryan Sherman, Mark Sherman both of Chicago, Lisa (Cody) Cripe of Sturgis, Joseph (Marissa Houghton) Leny of Bronson; sister, Deborah Fisher of Vicksburg; brother, Donald (Carolyn) Fisher of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren, Danielle, Angelica, Marcos, Charlee, Julia, Jayden, Briley, Wesson, and Kimber; one great grandchild, Greyson; his mother-in-law Helen Rubley of Bronson and his sister-in-law Lana Fisher of Constantine .
He was preceded in death by his father Donald, his first wife Janice, and one brother, Richard Fisher.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bronson Food Pantry, Bronson Community Schools Athletic Boosters, and the Bronson Fire Department.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Dutcher Funeral Home of Bronson
    321 E. Chicago St.
    BRONSON, MI 49028
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 1:00pm
    Dutcher Funeral Home of Bronson
    321 E. Chicago St.
    BRONSON, MI 49028
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Jim Sobeske

Posted at 08:59am
I was in St Mary's grade school and had the opportunity to have Mr Fisher as my teacher. I believe this was his first job in teaching. At our first real dance at the St Mary's gymnasium Mr Fisher was the chaperone. Boys were on one side of the gym and girls where on the other side for a lot of the dance. Mr Fisher came up to us boys and encouraged us to dance but we were too embarrassed so he came up with a plan. He said don't think of it as dancing , think of it as shadow boxing and he put his two fists in the air and started punching. That did it! We were all shadow boxing (dancing) around and even in the girl's half of the gym. I appreciate that I had the opportunity to be taught by him. And now..fist pumping is an international phenomenon!
Jim Sobeske

Jeanette Kehoe

Posted at 05:33pm
Joni and family, we are so very sad and sorry for the loss of such a wonderfully smart, busy, yet easygoing man. Doris (Kehoe) spoke very highly of him often when they were both teaching. The kids all loved Mr. Fisher for being so involved, and being such a calm, great listener. Praying for strength and peace for all who are left here missing him so much -
Wendy, Myste, Shrina, Jeanette, Korinna, Hank, Torrie & family

Yvonne Klingler

Posted at 12:09pm
Joe was a truly positive influence to the students. He did help me navigate the changes to High School and I will forever be grateful for his smile and encouraging words. I am sorry for your loss, he was a great man.


Posted at 07:43am
I have fond memories of Joe as my favorite Middle School teacher. When my desk was beside his, he made a deal with me, that if I refrained from repetitively tapping my pencil, he would reward me with gum, which was a deal I happily made. I really appreciated his easy going demeanor, and kindness. Later in life, I had the joy of getting to know his son, who was a friend of my son, and I could see the same admirable qualities in John that were clearly evident in his father. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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