Marshall Lloyd Fisher, 93, WWII US Army Air Force veteran with the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a longtime farmer and rancher, passed away Thursday, June 12, at Missouri River Medical Center. Funeral services were held Monday, June 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Community Bible Church. Burial with military honors followed at Riverside Cemetery Fort Benton. Marshall served as a ball turret gunner on B-17s ("Paddy Gremlin" 42-3325) and flew 25 missions from Kimbolton, England with the 379th Bomb Group/524th Bombardment Squadron, including the "Black Thursday" second raid on Schweinfurt, Germany on October 14th, 1943. Marshall was credited with shooting down two enemy aircraft. Marshall was a member of the Choteau County Sheriff’s Posse for 20 years and after retiring from ranching/farming in the mid 70’s he moved to Fort Benton and continued working as a Montana State Stock Inspector for 20 years as well as assisting with the Choteau County Fairgrounds. Marshall enjoyed traveling and attended several reunions with former members of his flight crew from WW II. He also enjoyed watching WWF wrestling, riding horses, cowboy polo, and hunting He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Winifred (Winnie) Fisher; parents, Albert and Eva (Warehime) Fisher; and 3 sisters, Hazel Ward, Gertrude Swears, Dehlia Gibson , stepdaughter, Margaret Ann Potter and stepson, Doug Taylor. Survivors include grandchildren, Rick Allison, Gary Allison, Douglas Taylor, Debbie Powell Taylor, Donna Rutherford, Denise Taylor; and many nieces and nephews, as well as many longtime friends.
Before Marshall's death, he used his own money to purchase a memorial plaque honoring a WW2 B-17 crew who perished outside Fort Benton, Montana on September 2nd, 1943. The 10 men were killed when their Great Falls based Flying Fortress, 42-5128, crashed during a night bombing exercise.
Winifred Lee Messerly Fisher
1908–1995 (m. 1948)
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