Leary L. Fischer

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Leary L. Fischer, 80, of Mount Hope, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 9, at his home. 


He was born in September of 1936, in Woodman Township, the son of John and Ruth (Koening) Fischer. On Oct. 8, 1960, Leary was united in marriage to Maurice A. Riley.


After their marriage, the couple farmed Maurice’s uncle’s farm. Soon after, Leary purchased the Johnston Ridge. In 1972, they purchased the Dubel farm, where they currently reside. In the early 1980’s, Leary and Maurice purchased an additional 230 acres. On Sept. 15, 1985, Leary’s son Tony began farming with him. In 2012, Leary and Tony completed the “horseshoe” and they purchased the remaining 360 acres. Leary took great pride in farming, which was not only his life’s work, but his hobby. He was a hardworking man who considered himself a “diversified” farmer.


Leary enjoyed deer hunting and going to the sale barns. He and Maurice were baptized in 1969 as Jehovah’s Witnesses. 


Survivors include: his wife, Maurice A. Fischer, Mt. Hope; his children: Bruce (Rose) Fischer, Tony (Janice) Fischer, both of Mt. Hope, Phyllis (Keith) Novinskie, Fennimore, Robin (Dan) Maring, Bloomington; nine grandchildren: Rachel (Jon) Kipper, Hillary (Travis) Cliff, Zachary Fischer, Miranda and Spencer Novinskie, Brenda (Cyrus) Bradley, Shane, Melissa, and Bryan Maring; seven great-grandchildren; four brothers: Lyle (Joyce) Fischer, Blanchardville, Sidney (Betty) Fischer, Lancaster, Jerry and Lonny (Laurayne) Fischer, Boscobel; a sister, Judy (Harold) Schuppner, Cassville; other relatives and many friends.


In addition to his parents, Leary was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rebecca; his siblings: Nancy and Clayton; a sister-in-law, Sheri Fischer; and his mother-in-law, Alta Riley.


Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fennimore. Private family burial will be at a later date. Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S. Madison, Lancaster.


Online condolences can be made at www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com.

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