July 1, 1927 – Oct. 10, 2013A loving, devoted husband and father passed away on Oct. 10 at Renown Hospital in Reno, following hip surgery and kidney failure.
Fred Sr. was born in Thornton, Texas to Joe and Myrtis Fisher, both of whom preceded him in death along with four sisters and one brother, all of Texas.
Fred is survived by his loving wife, Marguerite, of 38 years. Son Fred, Jr. (Maurine) of Ely; daughter Phyllis (Tom) Sorhouet of Tonopah, two step-children: Cheryl (Mack) Sellars of Midland, Texas and Jim Wallace of Tonopah. Extended family of eleven grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren. Three of the grandchildren , Becky (Fisher) Smith, Aaron Fisher, Jared Fisher grew up in Ely.
During World War II, Fred worked in China Lake, Calif. where he machined parts for the Atomic Bomb, which was the weapon that ended World War II with the Japanese.In early 1950’s Fred left Texas in search of employment back at China Lake Calif. In 1953 he moved his young family to Indian Springs, NV, and began a long career in security at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, working at both Mercury & Tonopah portions of it. He lived in Las Vegas 1958-1965 , then to moved the family to Tonopah where he was Chief of Security at the Tonopah Test Range. In 1974, he spent a short time in Alaska where he was involved in setting up security along the oil pipeline . Fred retired from the NTS at Mercury in 1977.
Fred married Edna Jean White in 1949 and later divorced in 1975. He later married Margi Wallace and they lived in Beatty until she retired in 1985. They traveled throughout the west for several years and eventually moved to Walker Lake NV in 1989. In 2007 they moved in to Hawthorne, NV currently their home.
Fred was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing all of his life. He was loved by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. He loved his children natural and step, with all his heart and was very proud of all of them. He looked for the good in everyone he met and made life-long friendships. He will be forever in our hearts and greatly missed.
Services will be at Gunter’s Funeral Home in Hawthorne on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. with reception following at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at 890 A Street in Hawthorne.