John "JC" Christopher Fischer

June 2, 1939October 8, 2020

John "JC" Christopher Fischer, 81, of Temple died at home in the early morning of October 8th. JC was born on June 2nd, 1939, in San Pedro, California to Louis Fischer and Marion Ferguson. He enlisted at an early age in the Navy and later switched to the Army. He retired from the military after 22 years in service. He later worked at the VA, and after retiring introduced Pop-A-Lock to the Temple area. He had an Associates degree from Temple College. He enjoyed a lifelong hobby of collecting military insignia, some of which are now on display at the William R Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, and was active in the Counterparts Veteran's organization for military advisors who served in Vietnam. As a hobby, he collected railroad and train memorabilia. He met his future wife, Rita Jimenez, while on leave from Vietnam and they married February 22, 1969. He is survived by his wife and their two sons, Chris and Louis, daughter, Laura Simpson, grandchildren, and two sisters, Jean Wingate and Barbara Flanagan. Private burial service will be held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX with father Leonard Onwumere officiating. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army for relief of victims of natural disasters. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Temple will oversee funeral arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Fischer family.


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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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Tom Menzie

October 19, 2020

I am a little slow responding to this sad news. Karen and I offer our sincerest condolences to Rita and the Fischer family. J. C. was a memorable man for his good humor and helpful nature. It was great to have known him during my years working at the VA.

richard webster

October 12, 2020

God Bless JC. He was a brave man who fought for his country and for the freedom of the South Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War. He was a friend and a former commander of COUNTERPARTS, an association of former advisors who fought the 2nd Indochina War. He also befriended many veterans at the Texas Veterans Home. COUNTERPARTS will never forget you for your contributions and fellowship.

Diane Heffington Mitchell

October 10, 2020

Rita, so sorry to hear of JC's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

Rex Latham

October 10, 2020

Dear Rita & family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on JC's passing. He was a warm & caring person. I met him at my first Counterparts reunion in Killeen when he was the Counterparts commander. He immediately welcomed me and made me feel at home in the organization. As we visited Ft. Hood and then the Veterans Home and railroad museum in Temple, his strong care for fellow veterans and his love of railroad things came through. Since then, both my wife and I enjoyed seeing the two of you at each reunion. His humor and decency were always on display. He was passionate about the cause of freedom and truly lived a life worth living.

Carol Lund

October 10, 2020

Dear Rita and Fischer Family, We will miss JC so much. I remember the first time we met at Counterparts in Florida the four of us loved each other instantly, we went to art museums and laughed! Over the years we had much joy and laughter. One of my favorite things was JC kissing Max on the top of Max's head.
Love you,
Carol and Max Lund

David (Spook) Kolinek

October 9, 2020

Rita, I am very sorry for the passing of JC. He was a good man and always spoke and spoke very nicely about everyone. I think everyone that knew him, loved him. We are in Tennessee and will not be there for the funeral but just know that I am thing of you. Deepest condolences. RIP, JC.

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