Donald “Don” Fisher

July 14, 1950January 2, 2019

Donald "Don" Fisher,68, of Fort Wayne passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Don was born in 1950 in South Bend, Indiana. He was a son of the late Donald W. Fisher, Sr. and Vivian (Page) Fisher. He graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of History and went on to receive a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University. He worked as reference librarian at the Bartholomew County library in Columbus, Indiana. He went on to become the manager of the Waynedale branch of the Allen County Public Library retiring in 2016. Don was an avid reader and beer connoisseur who enjoyed riding his bicycle and was very much a family man. He is survived by Jeannie (Kintz) Fisher, his wife of 45 years; his three children, Simon (Bonnie) Fisher, Jesse (Kathryn) Fisher, and Martha (Matthew Bassett) Fisher. His seven grandchildren, Stella, Akasha, Olivia, Ruby, Waylon, Arlo, and Emmit. Additionally, he leaves behind his four siblings, Elizabeth (Kirk) Pagenkopf, Christopher (Trina) Fisher, Margaret Fisher, and Alan (Sandy) Fisher. His nine nieces and nephews, and his entire family of in-laws. He will be truly, and profoundly missed by all of them. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Rd., Fort Wayne. A gathering of friends and family will be 5-8 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne. In accordance with Don's Spirit, memorials may be made to either St. Therese Catholic Church or that of donor’s choice in lieu of flowers.


  • St. Therese Catholic Church
  • Donor's Choice


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Final Resting: Catholic Cemetery Saturday, January 19, 2019

Donald “Don” Fisher

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Wesley Pollard

January 30, 2019

I known Don since I was a little kid when I started to go to the Waynedale Branch Library and he was a good and friendly guy I have talk to all the time when I went to the Waynedale Library until I moved out of Waynedale and into North Central Fort Wayne. Don will be missed.

Lyndsey Taylor

January 26, 2019

Don was an essential part of my library experience growing up. Going back as far as I can remember, Don was there to help everyone in my family find the specific materials that interested them. He was personable, kind, and a friend to us library “regulars”. When I had my wisdom teeth taken out, he was the one that hand-picked materials to get me through that painful week. I’m so saddened to hear about this loss, but glad to know he led a full and wonderful life.

Love from Bloomington, IN
Lyndsey Taylor

Yolanda Johnson-Conrad

January 26, 2019

Don hired me to work as a shelver in the children's section of the Waynedale Branch Library as a junior in high school. He was the best boss - always cheery, knowledgeable, and ready to assist the public with their book needs. He was a kind, patient man. I live in Texas now and just heard of his passing. I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God comfort and keep you. May your memories sustain you.

Michael Rosswurm

January 18, 2019

Dear Jeannie & family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers as you face this difficult loss. While at St. Therese I felt close to your whole family, and since whenever I met Don at Mad Anthony's he always wore a gracious smile and inquired as to my well being. He was a gentleman through and through.

Ramona Tolbert

January 18, 2019

Dear Jeannie,
I am so sorry to hear about Don. I remember the day you moved next door to Mom and Dad. You and Don were great towards my parents and I appreciate it to this day.
Don was always so nice to my granddaughter when we took her on Tuesday to the children’s hour at the library. He is in good company in heaven and I know my Mom welcomed him with a hug.
God bless you and the kids during this difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Eleanor Leitch

January 18, 2019

Don was such a gracious man. My husband, children, and I were patrons at Waynedale Library for decades. He was firm about rules of library behavior with young people; yet so kind and patient with every one of them. He mourned with our family at the loss of my husband of 45 years. He will be missed.

Sue Goshorn

January 16, 2019

Two weeks at the Waynedale Branch Library with Don was the first stop on my Grand Tour when I was hired at the library. It was the best two weeks of my Tour.

Don was the perfect person to introduce me to ACPL. He was an appropriate mix of a traditional library professional and a modern, progressive library manager. He had an innate sense of how to create a family at work, how to make the work fun, and how to establish a branch where everyone felt welcome.

As the years sped by, I never saw Don lose his enthusiasm for his staff or his branch. He never turned down an opportunity to help others. I will never forget him, and he will be sorely missed.

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Vince & Marty LaBarbera

January 16, 2019

Dear Jeannie & family,

Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May Don's soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Vince & Marty LaBarbera

M. Selking

January 15, 2019

Mr. Fisher was always helpful to our family for many years at the Waynedale branch and we enjoyed interacting with him. May the Lord be with you.
The Lord never leaves you. He is our Rock and Sakvation. M. Selking

Pam Hoffman

January 15, 2019

I was so lucky to have worked with Don for almost thirty years at the Waynedale Library. He taught me more than he ever realized. He was a disciplined man, knowledgeable in countless subjects, full of boundless energy. Don created a fine family at home and at the Waynedale Library. I treasure the many laughs we shared. My love to Jeannie, Simon, Jesse and Martha and his beloved grandchildren.