Elmer Fischer
Sunday
5
May

Visitation

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory
601 West 21st Street
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
6056659679
also one hour prior to the service at the church
Sunday
5
May

Scripture service

7:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory
601 West 21st Street
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
6056659679
Monday
6
May

Funeral service

10:30 am - 11:15 am
Monday, May 6, 2019
St. John's Lutheran Church
1009 Jackson Street
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
605-665-7337
Monday
6
May

Interment

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Monday, May 6, 2019
Menno Cemetery
South Park Street
Menno, South Dakota, United States
605-387-5404
Military Honors conducted at the gravesite by Ernest Bowyer VFW Post 791 and the SDARNG. Supported by the Yankton Area Patriot Guard.

Obituary of Elmer E. Fischer

Elmer Fischer was born October 28, 1927, to Edward and Adelheid Fischer at Menno, South Dakota.  There he met the love of his life, Iona Munkvold and was married December 6, 1953 at a Lutheran Church out in the country south west of Meridian Station.

They have six wonderful boys:  LaVern (D’Anna) of Sturgis, Earl of Summerset, Roy (Audrey) of Parkston, Kenneth (Karri) of Hot Springs, Curtis (Tami) of Sturgis and Doug of Hot Springs.

Elmer was in the U.S. Army from November 1951 to September 1953.  He was wounded and received the Purple Heart and numerous medals.  His company had 150 men and 7 of them made it home.  The Korean War ended decades ago, but the battles have lasting effects for all men who served.  In May of 2016, Elmer received the Ambassador of Peace medal by the Korean Government.

After their marriage Elmer and Iona moved to Yankton, SD where Elmer worked at the Herfkins Grain Elevator.  They moved to Lesterville, SD where he worked for Weber Grain Elevator and was also a member of the Lesterville Fire Department.  They moved to Hot Springs, SD in 1970 where he worked at the Hot Springs School District for 20 years.  He was active in the V.F.W., he was a Local Commander of Post 1640, from there he became District Commander of 12 Posts.  He was active in American Legion and D.A.V., and active in the Bethesda Lutheran Church.  After their retirement they moved back to Yankton SD were Elmer worked at HyVee Grocery Store.  There he was a V.F.W. member, American Legion, D.A.V. and a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. 

In April of 2018, Elmer and Iona moved to Sturgis to be closer to family where he resided until his passing.

Elmer has 8 sisters, one brother, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Menno and Freeman Korean War Memorials.

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