Service this spring for Minden stationmaster’s son
November 18, 2013
A memorial service is next spring for Nevada native and stationmaster’s son Franklin Gerald “Hap” Fisher, who would have turned 93 on Monday.
The longtime Minden resident, who was born in Carson City Nov. 18, 1919, died Aug. 9, 2013.
Fisher was born to Walt and Alice Fisher in their home on Roop Street in Carson City. His father took a job as the first stationmaster for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Minden, and his mother worked at the telephone exchange as a night operator.
As a boy, he spent his off hours riding the V&T, which gave him a love for the railroad that lasted into his last years.
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 masters 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.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alta, his children Gail and Walter, and granddaughter Leah. He is survived by daughters Dr. Alta Brown, Teri Balfour, Frances Cropp, Wendy Bilodeau; hgranddaughters Katie Steinke, Rachel Yates, Katy Dearing, Sarah Ensrude, Lissa Bishcocho; grandsons Michael Cropp, Brett Brown, Dean Yates, and Aaron Yates; niece Charlotte Von During and nephew Steven Caird.
The memorial service will be at Carson Valley United Methodist Church. Donations in Fisher’s name may be made to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.