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Wesley Clifford Fisher, 45, Mandan, died peacefully at his sister’s home surrounded by family on November 9, 2018.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 12, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, Mandan, with Rev. Deanna Reikow officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery, rural Mandan.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a prayer service at 7 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Wesley was born November 3, 1973 to Gary and Vivian (Wright) Fisher. He entered this world with Down’s Syndrome and was loved more than anything for his entire life. He grew up on farms in St. Anthony and Fort Rice. Wesley’s grandparents, Clifford and Loretta Fisher, were a big part of his life from the time he was born. Wesley always had the best care possible. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1995 and then kept busy on the farm helping his Dad and Mom. When he wasn’t doing that, he was at his sister, Sandy’s, house playing with his nieces and nephews or spending time with Grandma Loretta. He and Grandma’s favorite things to do were going into town for lunch, watching cows at the Kist sales barn, and heading to the casino. He loved going to DQ, fishing, dancing to country music, driving around the farm, watching harvesting, and especially branding time, which was his favorite. Wes was always a happy, giggly little mischief maker. He loved being in on pranks with his sister, Sandy. Wes loved going to dances and dancing with all the pretty girls. If he couldn’t find them, then he settled for sister, Sandy.
After he moved into Mandan with his parents, Wes adjusted to town life very well. He and his Dad enjoyed going out to eat. The girls at Ohms and Dakota Farms were his favorite. As soon as they saw him coming they were serving him his pumpkin pie. Being a farm kid, Wesley had every type of John Deere toy machinery ever made. He would sit for hours playing farm with his semi’s and animals. He also loved listening to old time country music, singing, and playing guitar. Wes spent a lot of time with his nieces and nephew. He always had something funny going on with them. He liked watching his great-nephew and great-nieces as they were babies and growing up.
Wesley made it through some very critical surgeries for his heart. He received a pacemaker in 2009 and got a new lease on life. In January 2013, Wesley lost his Mom and in November 2013 he lost his Grandma Loretta. Those two women meant everything to him. Wesley then had even more love wrapped around him from his Dad and Sandy. As Alzheimer’s/dementia started to overcome him, he no longer had an interest in anything except going out to eat and going with Sandy to watch cows at Kist.
His birthday and Christmas were so exciting for him. He got to meet Santa every year and received a new semi. Wes just celebrated his 45th birthday and had his last birthday party with all of his family this week. Wesley passed away peacefully at his sister Sandy’s home with his family by his side. We believe his Grandma Loretta came and took him to heaven on the 5 year anniversary of her passing. Our wish was granted as God took Wesley home peacefully and in no pain.
Blessed to have shared his life is his dad, Gary Fisher, Mandan; sister, Sandy (John) Salazar, Mandan; nephews and nieces, Jeremy Schmidt, Crystal Schmidt (Jason Quam), Kaylee (Joe) Schlosser, and Coleton Schmidt; one great-nephew, Jace Schmidt; two great-nieces, Kambree Schmidt and Aubree Schlosser; aunts and uncles, Darby and Ruthie Fisher, Ronnie and JoAnn Fisher, Darlene and Gerald Rebenitsch, Larry and Nadine Fisher, and Calvin and Linda Niess; as well as numerous cousins.
Wesley was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian; infant brother, Wesley Gary Fisher; and grandparents, Clifford & Loretta Fisher.