Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Leland Fischer of Mokelumne Hill

    July 27, 1928 - July 9, 2017

    Leland Aloysius Fischer passed away at the age of 88 at his home in Mokelumne Hill on July 9, 2017.

   Born in Jackson on July 27, 1928 to
Aloysius "Allie" Walter Fischer and Alice Josephine (Vandel) Fischer, Leland was the first-born of
five children; Ila Mae, Afred "Alfie", Emile, Lesley "Wes", Raymond, and Marilyn Alice,

   Leland spent his whole life in Mokelumne Hill except while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 where he was stationed for one year in Seoul, South Korea.

   When he came back to the states, Leland was stationed at Camp Desert Rock near Barstow and would hitchhike every weekend to see his family and breathe the fresh air of home.

   In 1953 a soldier hitchhiking could get a ride very easily. Many times the truck drivers would have him drive while they took a little rest.   He was honorably discharged in the spring of 1953.

   It was while riding his horse down Marlette Street in Mokelumne Hill on one of those visits home that Leland spotted the girl who would become his wife, Roberta Wudell.

   They went on their first date to the Calaveras County Fair and were married for 64 years.  They were blessed with three children; Leila "Lee Ann" Ann, Harlan Craig and Merle James.

   Leland retired from the Calaveras Cement Company after 30 years. Upon retiring, he continued his
lifelong passion of ranching and raising beef cattle, spending time with family and friends and enjoying the life that he had built for his family.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Ila Mae of Sonora, and his eldest son, Harlan Craig of Wilseyville.

   Leland is survived by his wife, Roberta of Mokelumne Hill, daughter Lee Ann and husband Frank Gilbeau of San Andreas, son Merle and wife Siobhan Fischer of Mokelumne Hill, grandchildren Jessica and husband Ryan Hansen of Linden, Bryanna and husband Colin Ryan of Auburn, Nicole and husband Charles "Ricky" Erickson of Valley Springs, Justin Fischer of Dale, Texas and Callie Rose Fischer of Mokelumne Hill, four great-grandchildren have also been fortunate to know Leland; Collette Alice and Curtis Charles Hansen, ad Eli Edward and Lilah Marie Ryan.

   Leland is also survived by his brother Alfie and wife .Francis Fischer of Glencoe and brother Wes and Janet Fischer of Elgin, Oregon, along with sister Marilyn Lynch of Mokelumne Hill and brother-in-law Fred Wudell of Florence, Oregon.

   Leland was always larger-than-life for his family and he will be in our hearts and fond memories forever as we continue on down the trail.

   Upon his request, a private family Celebration of Life will be held.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

   San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.





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