James Arthur (Jim) Fisher passed away on Monday evening, September 30, 2019, at the young age of 95, surrounded by his family.
He was born on March 6, 1924, the youngest son of Lillian (Hawke) (Fisher) Crooke. He attended public school until his junior year of high school, when he quit to help support his mother and aunt, setting pins at the bowling alley and selling newspapers.
Jim met his first wife (Phyllis Winroth) in Butte and were married July 8, 1942. They later divorced and he married Barbara Kumor-Olson on May 16, 1972. In 1943, Jim joined the Army and was in the “Americal” Division 247th Field Artillery Battalion Headquarters Battery Liaison Section. During this time, he was a Forward Observer for Field Artillery and Military Police. Jim was stationed at Ft. Ord, CA; New Caledonia and was shipped to Guadal Canal, Bougainville (Salmon Islands where a Naval Battle was fought), Late and Cebu Philippines.
In August 1945, Jim was shipped to Yokohoma, Japan as a Military Policeman then later to Anori, Japan. He was among the first group of troops by sea to land in Yokohoma. While in Yokohoma, he inspected and disabled Japanese Artillery guns. The guns could be retracted into the caves on tracks. He was honorably discharged from the Army in February 1946, given a $100 bus ticket, and returned to Butte, Montana to continue working at the print shop he left to join the military.
Jim is preceded in death by his mother, his brother John P (Jack) Fisher, his wife, Barb, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his daughters: Patty (Bob-deceased) Heard, Brenda (Don) Horak, Lisa (Ron White) Olson-Edwards, son Robert (Marilyn) Olson, and brother-in-law: Tom Leprowse, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, and Great-Great Grandson: Tammy Gordon, Tracy (Kevin, Xana, Lyla, and Caly) Skocilich, Kevin (Chris) Horak, Jason (April, Jordyn, and Peyton) Horak, Jennifer (Trever, Carter, MacKay James and Brayden Fisher) Schilling, Jeff (Wendy, Jordan, and Liam) Edwards, Ryan Edwards, Bobby (Amy, Jacob, and Ashley) Olson, Cristie (Theron, Tyler Olson, and Bailee Hess) Soltis, Michelle (Joe and Olivia) Zimkus, Stefan (Jordan and Jackson) Hickethier, and Mallory Hickethier, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Crest Nursing Home and Compassus Home Health and Compassus Hospice for their kindness and compassion in the last days of Jim’s life. Always the jokester, whenever the nurses, whom he would call “Babe”, would ask what he needed, he’d always reply with “a bag of twenties, or a shot and a beer”.
WE LOVE YOU DAD/GRANDPA
Graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Jim to the Lady of the Rockies or a disabled veteran program of your choice.
Please offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Jim.. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Jim and his family.