Xury “Joe” Fisher III, August 27, 1927 – March 26, 2017
Xury “Joe” Fisher, III, son of Xury Fisher, II, and Pearl Adams Fisher, was born August 27, 1927, in Mexico, Missouri. He departed this life Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Lebanon South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of eighty-nine years, six months, and twenty-nine days.
On October 28, 1950, he was united in marriage to Mary Louise Goss, and to this union one daughter, Deborah Jo, and one son, Edward, were born. Mary preceded him in death on January 6, 2002.
On December 31, 2008, he was united in marriage to Crystal Elizabeth McGuire Looney, and they shared the last eight years.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Edward Fisher; two brothers, Charles and Thomas; and a sister, Nancy.
Joe is survived by his wife, Crystal, of the home; a daughter, Debbie Layman, and her husband, Riley, of Lebanon, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Leann McClanahan, and her husband, David, of Lebanon, Missouri; two step-daughters, Karen Price, and her husband, Dennis, and Jeana Southard, and her husband, Rick, all of Lebanon, Missouri; a step-son, Mike Looney, and his wife, Diane, of Lebanon, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Brian Layman, and his wife, Melissa, Lindsay Delcour, and her husband, Shawn, Mariann Britzman, and her husband, Alex, Melissa Ruble, and her husband, Justin, Brandon Boston, and his wife, Melissa, Michaela Raye, and her husband, Chris, Jennifer Barber, and her husband, Heath, Ashley Green, and her husband, Steve, Ryan Southard, and his wife, Sara, Lauren Willard, and her husband, Blaine, and Michael Looney; fifteen great-grandchildren, Austin, Cody, Levi, Cash, Roxann, Louella, Deagan, Reed, Jase, Brody, Brooks, Bennett, Jaxton, Waylon, and Hudson; two sisters, Polly Thomas, of Tonganoxie, Kansas, and Alice Randolph, of Phoenix, Arizona; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
He was born and raised in Mexico, Missouri, and then entered the military at the age of seventeen. He served his country faithfully in the United States Navy from November 25, 1944, until being honorably discharged on July 3, 1946. He then returned to Missouri, and made his home in the Lebanon area. He soon began a career as a truck driver and was employed by Campbell 66 for thirty-six years. He later worked as a bus driver for the Lebanon R-III Schools where he was known as “Uncle Joe”. He also served as Fire Chief of the Lebanon Fire Department for a few years in the 1960’s.
Joe made his profession of faith in Christ and was baptized early in his life. He was a member of Community Baptist Church near Lebanon.
He was an active member of the American Legion Post # 43 and the V.F.W. Post # 4107, where he was well known for being a member of the V.F.W. Honor Guard. He had been a stock car driver, loved traveling, and liked listening to country music and going to Casinos. He was very proud of his military service and patriotism was at the heart of his life. His family was very important to him and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and know that he will be fondly remembered as a devoted family man, a dedicated worker, and a patriotic citizen.Memorial Donations to the V.F.W. Post # 4107 may be made through the funeral home.