MENDOTA - Dale B. Fischer, 87, of Mendota passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 22, 2018.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with Rev. Kim Lee-Brown officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.
Dale was born Sept. 10, 1931 in Ohio, Ill. to Howard and Doris (Baird) Fischer. He married Carol Amfahr at First United Methodist Church, Mendota on Jan. 12, 1957.
Survivors include his wife of Mendota; one daughter, Pam (Shaun) Bauer of Mendota; one grandson, Jason (Beth) Bauer of Naperville; two great-grandchildren; and five sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Karen in 2005; and one brother, Glen.
Dale moved west of Mendota in 1939. He went to a country school through eighth grade and graduated from Mendota High School in 1949. Dale and Harry Phalen went into business together at Fischer & Phalen Phillips 66 gas station in November 1959. Harry later left the business but then in 1982, they became business partners again at Meriden Street Trailer Sales. He retired from there in 2000. They were business partners for over 38 years. In 2002, they won the Horace Hume Outstanding Service Award. He was a 50 year plus member of the Mendota Moose Lodge and the Mendota Elks Lodge. He was in the Mendota Sportsmen’s Club and worked with the Tri-County Fair Association for approximately 20 years. He was very involved with collecting pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to the help of the community he was able to deliver approximately 1,300 pounds of tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, Minn. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed boating, camping, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House, Mendota Area Senior Services, St. John’s Lutheran Church or Illinois Valley Hospice.