Service set for stationmaster’s son
July 22, 2014
A memorial service is 3 p.m. Saturday at Genoa Community Church on Nixon Street for longtime Minden resident and native Nevadan Hap Fisher. Rev. Patrick Jolly will officiate.
Fisher, 92, the son of Minden’s first stationmaster, died Aug. 9, 2013.
Born Nov. 18, 1919, to Walt and Alice Fisher in their home on Roop Street in Carson City, the Fisher family moved to the new town of Minden after Walt was hired as the Virginia & Truckee Railroad’s stationmaster.
Fisher described growing up in Minden, and spending his off-hours riding the V&T Railroad from one point to another. He attended primary school in Minden and graduated from Douglas County High School in Gardnerville. He graduated from the University of Nevada with a degree in chemistry. He met his future wife, Alta May Barnes while in college, where he performed with the university band and was in the Minden Air Guard.
Fisher joined the U.S. Army in 1941, and stood coast watch in California, and trained troops at Fort Sill, Okla. He and Alta were married. After the war he went to work for IBM, where he stayed for 40 years, retiring in San Jose, Calif. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration at San Jose State and taught business classes there.
Following the death of his wife in 1998 Fisher returned to Carson Valley, and settled in Gardnerville. He was very active in Kiwanis, volunteered at the Douglas County Museum and worked as a consultant for Don Bently.
Fisher worked closely with other Minden residents on the town’s centennial celebration. He co-authored an article about the Raycrafts and Hellwinkels for the 2006 Carson Valley Almanac.