Hugh Miller Fisher, Jr.

October 23, 2015

Hugh Miller Fisher, Jr., 83, Frankfort, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Community North Heart Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born May 1, 1932, in Frankfort and was a lifelong father, husband, agriculturist, and public servant. He attended Jackson Township Schools of Clinton County, Indiana, graduating from High School there in 1950. He then attended Purdue University, studied Animal Husbandry, and graduated in 1954. At Purdue he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and served as its president. He was also active on campus — President of the Interfraternity Council, a member of the Livestock Judging Team, Army ROTC, and in other organizations. Purdue experiences culminated in membership in Gimlet and Iron Key honoraries. Upon graduating, Hugh served his country in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant, at Ft. Knox, KY, and Ft. Benning, GA. Employment after military service included Stark & Wetzel Co., Monsanto Company, and Stine Seed Company.
Hugh loved life, was a humble leader, and had a way of lighting up those around him whether a lifelong friend, or a new acquaintance. He and family lived in many cities of the U.S., particularly enjoying Frankfort on the front and back ends of life, and the US East Coast for 20 years (Wilmington, DE) complete with its landscape and sights. Church and activities involving Martha Ann and Julie were his dedication. In retirement years, Hugh was active in Frankfort Rotary, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Habitat for Humanity, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and grandchildren. For the past two years, he resided at Brookdale Senior Living in Castleton (Indianapolis), where he significantly revitalized the Center’s Community Gardens and brought spice to life with his relationships. In his youth, Hugh was fully dedicated to working on the family farm, church youth, sports (notably basketball), and always 4-H.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be on Friday, October 30, 2015, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Indianapolis, IN (100 W. 86th Street) from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, with a funeral service in its Robertson Chapel starting at 5:00 pm. The Reverend Kent Millard will officiate. The family asks that any interest in memorial contributions be made to Berkshire Residents’ Council (in honor of Hugh Fisher) - Brookdale Senior Living Center, c/o Teresa Collins, 8480 Craig Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46250. He will be buried in Frankfort’s Green Lawn Cemetery at a later time, next to Martha Ann, in a private ceremony.

Survived by:

His life is celebrated by his family, including daughter Julie Fisher McKinney (Ted) of Indianapolis; grandchildren Bradley McKinney (Kristie) of Washington, DC; Brooke Klinker (Ben) of Cincinnati, OH; and Caroline McKinney of Indianapolis. He also has two great-granddaughters, Julia Grace and Allison Joy, of Cincinnati, OH, and two more on the way. Also surviving is James Fisher (brother) of Clinton County, and Patsy Ranstead (sister), of Bloomington, IN.

Preceded by:

his wife, Martha Ann (Spurgeon) Fisher, and parents, Hugh and Martha (Clark) Fisher.


Leave your Condolences

14 Condolences for “Hugh Miller Fisher, Jr.”

  1. Carolyn Shirey October 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Jim and I are so sad for all of you. Please know our hearts are with you, and we are praying for the peace and comfort that only our Heavenly Father can provide. A true gentleman and very gifted man, Hugh has left behind a beautiful legacy. I am sure he will be tending the gardens of Heaven.

  2. Jack Scheid October 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Julie and the family. We are currently out of town. I grew up with Martha Ann and have have known Hugh since College. Miss my Buddies. Life is short but God is Good. Jack and Connie Scheid

  3. Joe Kelsay October 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I first remember brother Fisher at alumni meetings and events at the house…a man with which helped me understand how powerful agriculture and brotherhood can be. My prayers for your comfort and peace. He had such an impact on so many.

    With sympathy,

  4. Raymond Burns October 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I knew Hugh at Jackson Twp. high school and worked with Hugh at Stark, Wetzel & Co. I was in production and Hugh was sales coordinator so talked several times a day, my deepest condolence to his family.
    Raymond Burns
    San Antonio,Texas

  5. Scott Priebe October 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you for all of the great memories! Always enjoyed visiting at the AGR house and other AGR events. You’ve helped build young men in agriculture in numbers greater than will ever be known. I’m definitely one of them.

    Ted, Julie, Brad, sorry to hear of your loss. He is a great man and will be missed. Our prayers are with you.

    -Scott, Emily, and Parker

  6. Mo and Mary Ann Morrison October 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    To the Family of Hugh M. Fisher:
    This is to extend our sympathy and condolences to the family of Hugh M. Fisher upon his death. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Mo and Mary Ann Morrison

  7. Jake and Maxine Ferris October 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Hugh, a brother in Alpha Gamma Rho, was a true friend ever since we were at Purdue in the early 1950s. We kept in touch regularly. He and Marti honored Jake by attending Jake’s 70th birthday party at the Michigan State University Club in East Lansing in 1999. Our last meeting was this past July as we attended the funeral services in Marion, IN for another fraternity brother, Wayne Townsend. We both spoke to the gathering in honor of Wayne.

  8. George Shunk October 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    We have lost a great fraternity brother.

  9. Cindy Elliott October 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    What a full life to be celebrated!!
    Sending love and prayers to you and yours during this difficult and bittersweet time of happy reflection and yet sorrow. Big hugs Julie.

  10. Nancy Elsea October 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I so enjoyed Hugh and Martha when they came to my dog obedience classes with their little dog. They never missed a class and I loved talking to them and figuring out ways they could handle their dog and use their walkers. Beautiful people who lived a full life and are now together again. My sincere condolences.

  11. Janet and Dave Klinker October 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Your Dad, Granddad, left behind a wonderful legacy in each of you in your beautiful family… by His example ..
    So sorry for your loss, know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.. Hugs God Bless.

  12. Max Evans October 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    My prayers are with the Fisher family. Hugh was a major factor in my remaining at Purdue University and becoming a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. A better person cannot be found! He was a leader and good friend

  13. Stacey Mahan October 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Dear Julie and family,

    So sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. He will always have a place in our hearts. Love and sympathy to all. Stacey and Ed Mahan

  14. Debra Hartsock March 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss!! A wonderful man, Hugh was! I thought the world of him, and of Martha. Met Hugh and Martha while working for Dr Regnier. Then Dr Regnier, knowing my son Ben needed a Scout service project and The Fishers needed help with their Christmas decorations that year, brought us together…and a friendship was born! Ben was in middle school and has now graduated from college…and Hugh and Martha never stopped asking about him. I prayed for them and they prayed for me and my family. Have missed them both dearly and will never forget them!

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