Elden Wesley Fischer, 84, of Perry, Michigan, passed away on May 26, 2020 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso after a battle with the Covid19 virus.
Elden was born in Eureka, SD on November 7, 1935 to Fred F and Esther (Schrenk) Fischer. Having lost a sister before his birth, he grew up the oldest of three children. Elden graduated from Eureka High School in 1954 then graduated from Northern State Teachers College in 1958. Elden then served his country at Kansas University Medical center in Kansas City as a conscientious objector until 1960. It was during this service time in 1959 that he married his love-for-a-lifetime, Cecyl (Caswell) in Stanberry, Missouri with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage just 2 days before his passing.
Having been awarded a grant for one academic year toward graduate work through the National Science Foundation, he moved his family of four to Corvallis, Oregon to finish his Master’s degree at Oregon State University, followed by one year of teaching Jr. High in Junction City, Oregon before moving to Owosso, Michigan to teach at Spring Vale Academy (now Spring Vale Christian School.) At Spring Vale at various times he held titles as science teacher, principal, director, supervisor, and eventually a Board of Directors member. After he left his employment at the school, he remained a pillar of the school community as a personal basketball coach (unofficial), friend, mentor and encourager of students and staff. Elden brought his experience with the Church of God (7th day) National Youth Agency to his role as Sabbath School Superintendent. He will be long remembered for the energy and creativity he poured into the opening program at church. His trademark was innovative object lessons or sometimes a play on words that would help one remember a theme of God’s love throughout the next week.
He went on to teach Chemistry at Lansing Community College while also pursuing a career in Real Estate. One of his final transactions was the farm purchase of his daughter and son-in-law of the home in which they still reside. His participation in track while in high school earned him his Varsity letter each year of high school and he set conference records as “the Ironman from Eureka.” His record for the half mile was broken several years after his graduation. He shared his love for running with his “bestie,” Ray Russell with whom, one year, he ran enough miles to equal the miles they would travel to the Church’s General Convention the next summer. Elden was an avid sports enthusiast and was loyal to the Michigan State Spartans (Cecyl’s Alma Mater) and the Detroit Tigers and Lions as well as the Spring Vale Flames. He was a regular at the MSU women’s volleyball and basketball and often shared that experience with Spring Vale students as they were available.
The passion of Elden’s life was sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a daily Bible reader and showed up at God’s house for whatever was taking place, be it church service or fellowship. He appreciated the way that the laws of science confirmed his belief in the Creator, God. Elden loved people and truly wanted the best for all of them. He saw them as God’s creation and appreciated them for who they were. He was trustworthy, honest, funny, unique, caring dedicated and loyal. Elden will best be remembered by the people whose lives he touched along his life’s path.
Elden was preceded in death by his parents and sister and infant son Kent Douglas. He is survived by his wife, Cecyl, brother Harvey (Barbara) Fischer of Roseville, CA, sister Lucille (Will) McGill of Marion Oregon, Becki Fischer, Tracy (William) Schmitz and Scott (Elizabeth) Fischer and adoring grandchildren, Evan (Shannon) Schmitz, Kyle, Jacob and Bailey Schmitz, Alexis and Austin Fischer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Spring Vale Christian School