Waldemar Arthur "Wally" Fischer

April 19, 1924February 15, 2018

Waldemar “Wally” Arthur Fischer

Wally Fischer was born in Mayville, Wisconsin, on April 19th, 1924 to Walter O. Fischer and Alvina Lindeman Fischer. He was the middle child of seven, having two brothers and four sisters. Wally attended the limestone schoolhouse built by his grandfather which now stands as a historical site in Mayville. As a child, he had a paper route from the age of 10 to 16 and worked at a general store for 3 years at the same time. He was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Mayville and graduated from Mayville High School in 1942. After graduation he took a job in Madison, Wisconsin at Ray-O-Vac Battery before joining the service during World War II. Wally served in the Armed Guard, a Naval unit that operates only during war time. His first ship, the US cargo ship Steel Voyager, was torpedoed during its return trip from Liverpool, England by a German submarine. Thankfully, the crew was rescued and, upon returning to the US, he received a 21-day survivor’s leave. Following this, he returned to the Naval Base at New Orleans where his life was about to change forever. While attending a dance one 1943 December evening, he met Miss Jeanne Twickler. The resulting war-time romance included more letters than dates. They were married on October 27, 1945. Being of different denominations, (Jeanne was Catholic) they were advised not to marry, but 72 years of marriage stand as testament to the power of love. After the war, they moved to Mayville and lived there for the next ten years. Wally worked as an apprentice electrician and then began selling Wearever cookware while Jeanne worked at a cheese factory and later as a secretary at Mayville Metal Factory. In 1950, Wally and Jeanne were blessed with their first child, Jennifer. In 1951, Dan joined the family. In 1957, Wally and Jeanne packed up the two kids and a small dog and moved to San Diego. In 1960, Wally started a career with Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) as a life insurance agent. The family joined Christ Lutheran Church in La Mesa where the children attended the newly opened school. Ron was born in 1958 and Paul in 1961. After retiring from AAL, Wally served with Laborers for Christ, helping to build churches and schools in various locales across the country. They enjoyed traveling in their motorhome and taking more adventurous trips around the world. On February 15, 2018, Wally departed this life, called home to heaven by his Lord and Savior. Jeanne, his beloved wife of 72 years, and much of the family, were by his side. Wally is survived by his wife Jeanne, daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Steve Blough, son Dan and wife Sandie, son Ron and wife Kellae, son Paul and wife Laura, as well as 5 grandchildren, Jeremy and Andy Blough and their wives and families, Faith and Nathan Fischer, Sarah Fischer Shaffer and her husband and family. Wally and Jeanne have 8 great-grandchildren.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 24, 2018

Waldemar Arthur "Wally" Fischer

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Trinity Shaffer

February 24, 2018

I know that he is in Heaven now, and that helps to take away the sadness. I can not wait to see him some day!

Grossmont Gardens Staff & Residents

February 23, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We will miss Wally.

February 21, 2018

Jeanne and family, I always have fond memories of you and Wally. I always enjoyed the time we spent together at conventions. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love and Blessings, Harold Uecker

Les and Chell Uecker

February 20, 2018

Jeanne and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wally was such a joy to everyone he encountered. Les and Chell Uecker