HUMBOLDT - Ramon "Ray" N. Fisher, 80, of Humboldt, passed away March 18, 2013 at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt with the Rev. Charles Luers officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Humboldt with full military honors by the VFW Post 5240 and American Legion Post 119. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the church. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Ramon Nelson Fisher, the son of Forest and Emma (Schauf) Fisher, was born April 2, 1932 at Thompson, Iowa. He was baptized into the Methodist Church on June 20, 1937 and graduated from Thompson High School in 1951. He attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served during the Korean War with the 469th Engineer Aviation Battalion in Bordeaux, France where they maintained an air base for an Air-sea rescue unit. Following his honorable discharge, Ray returned to Cedar Falls and earned his Masters Degree. In 1954 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Ham and to this union, Lisa Jo and Blake Ramon were born. The marriage was later dissolved and on July 1, 1979, he was united in marriage to Joyce Binger and would be celebrating 34 years together this year.
Ray began his teaching career in Badger where he first taught kindergarten through 8th grade then taught 7th and 8th grades and served as principal. When the Humboldt Schools reorganized he became an elementary principle there until 1971 when he became the curriculum director for K 12. In 1981, he returned to teaching at the middle school in charge of the federal programs and teaching reading and math. Ray served as an educator for 40 years until his retirement in 1994.
Ray loved sports and did a lot of refereeing for football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball. He also coached softball along side Ron Wasaba and recently received a 50-year award for dedication to the Humboldt Wrestlers for his involvement and announcing.
Ray was also very active in the 7 o'clock Kiwanis Club, Humboldt Country Club, Area Education Association, the American Logion Honor Guard, and was an active member of the Faith United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir.
Ray is survived by his wife, Joyce of Humboldt; son, Blake of Humboldt; stepsons, Frank (Cheryl) Binger of Bozeman, MT, and John (Kim) Binger of Broomfield, CO; stepdaughters, Lori (Steve) Petersen of Sedalia, CO, and Michelle (Jeff) Dornath of Pocahontas; 8 grandchildren, Katie Cole, Joshua, Kyle and Michael Binger, Emily, Amanda, Heidi and Luke Dornath; sister, Geraldine Goumas of Nyack, NY; and brother, Richard Fisher of Lafayette, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lisa Jo Burr; brothers, Maurice, Carroll, Robert, and Roger; and sisters, Ruth Heitland, Faye Timms, Dorothy Truman, Gloria Winter, and Doris Murphy.