Ralph Fischer, age 93, of Olivia died Saturday, October 6, 2018 at RC Hospital in Olivia. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, October 11th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia with Rev. Joe Steinbeisser as celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery and military rites will be provided by the Olivia VFW and American Legion. Visitation is Thursday at the church from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Ralph Joseph Fischer was born January 31, 1925 at Morgan, MN, to Albert and Ursula (Braunger) Fischer. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Morgan High School. Ralph served his country in the U.S. Navy Seabees during WWll while stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Ralph married MaryAnn Gallery on August 2, 1948 in Franklin and were blessed with eight children. They made their home and farmed south of Olivia until 1980 when they moved into town. During retirement he worked at the elevator for a few years. He was a faithful member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Ralph was also a member of the Olivia VFW and American Legion. Ralph had a meticulous yard and loved lawn mowing, blowing snow, and tending his bountiful vegetable garden. He was blessed to live in and maintain his own home and yard until his death on Saturday morning, October 6, 2018.
Ralph is survived by his children: Sande Parrish of Burnsville, Bob (and Lynn) Fischer of Olivia, Deb Rauenhorst of Olivia, Jim (and Brenda) Fischer of Glencoe, and Michelle (and Don) Grafft of Olivia; his son-in-law Rick Franzen of Willmar; his daughter-in-law Lisa Fischer of Olivia; his 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; his brother Clair (and Gwenn) Fischer of Morgan; and his sister Alice Steffl of New Ulm. Ralph was preceded in death by parents; his wife MaryAnn; his sons Richard Fischer and Daniel Fischer; his daughter Becky Franzen; his son-in-law Paul Rauenhorst; his granddaughter Jessi Rauenhorst; his brother Urban Fischer; and his sister Ruth Doherty.
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