EMPIRE — Frank Fisher, 88, of Empire, passed away Dec. 18, 2013. He was born on March 24, 1925, in Traverse City, to the late Eugene and Isabel Fisher.
Frank and Lita eloped in 1945, and their love for each other remained special for 69 years. They had two children, Jeff and Sue (Sam), both of Florida; two grandchildren, Brian and Brad (Toni); and two great-grandchildren, Alex and Ryan. He is also survived by two brothers, Bob and Jerry Fisher.
Frank was in the U.S. Army and the Merchant Marines. He built the first mini mall in Empire, called the Fisher Professional Building, which housed diverse businesses. He worked as a Civilian Engineer on the Air Force base in Empire and also as an executive administrator for a consulting engineer business in Traverse City.
He belonged to the Elks Club and was a life member of the Empire Masonic Lodge No. 597 F&AM. He volunteered many years at the Masonic home in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had many friends.
Frank and Lita spent their retirement years in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the winter and back home to Empire for the summer - enjoying their last home on Sullivans Creek, sitting on the deck enjoying the wild life and hearing Lake Michigan roar.
Frank had a passion for fishing and his fishing buddy “Don” is waiting - fish pole in hand.
Frank was a hard worker and a gentleman who we loved and now lost. We will miss him - his smile - his hugs and his voice. His dog, Mike, who was always with him - will miss him terribly. Most of all we miss his love ...
Those wishing an expression of sympathy, please consider contributions to ASPCA.
A memorial service honoring Frank will be held at a later date.
Arrangements for the family have been entrusted to Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.