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 Walter Max Oscar Fischer

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Walter Max Oscar Fischer

  • Birth 4 Jul 1903 Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 26 Oct 1973 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 60693412

Walter was my grandpa. And he was practically perfect! He was sweet, funny, smart, athletic, and musically talented.

Born on July 4, he was the eldest son of German immigrants to Milwaukee. After completing a teacher's certificate in Milwaukee, he earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a Master's Degree from Columbia University.

He married Helen Behnke in 1928, just before moving to New York. They were married for 45 years before he died, and even then, I remember he would always hug her or wink at her whenever he came into a room where she was. I've never seen another couple so devoted.

The Depression began just after Walter got his Master's Degree, and he went back to teaching for a few years until he could get a job as a chemist at DuPont. His salary went down instead of up, and at one point he even tried selling vacuum cleaners.

However, in 1940, their economic luck turned, and Walter got a job teaching chemistry in the Panama Canal Zone. They lived there for 25 years, until he retired, and their daughter JoAnn was mostly raised there.

In addition to teaching and chemistry, Walter played violin beautifully (and gave lessons), spoke German, and was a champion track and field athlete as a young man. He also gardened and collected stamps after retirement, sang in his church choir, and acted as church treasurer. He was a man who was always interested in lots of things, and lots of people. He loved to joke and play cards. His wife and daughter and her family were central to him, and after retirement, he and Helen moved to Tennessee to live near JoAnn. We were so lucky to have him.

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  • Originally Created by: Jenifer Crone
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 60693412
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Max Oscar Fischer (4 Jul 1903–26 Oct 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60693412, citing Crest Lawn Cemetery, Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by vvesper (contributor 48146831) .