Robert Joe Fisher

Born: Fri., Jan. 30, 1931
Died: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

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Robert Joe Fisher, 87, Kokomo, passed away at 5:07 am Tuesday February 6, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.  He was born January 30, 1931, in Kokomo, the son of the late Omer “Red” & Juanita B. (Warner) Fisher.  On March 2, 1957, at the 9th Street Methodist Church in Marion, he married Ollie E. Purvis who survives.

Robert served with the United States Army during the Korean War as a combat medic.  After being honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to finish his college studies at Indiana University.  As a medical technologist, he worked at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond Indiana for 5 years before returning to Kokomo where he first worked at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital where he met the love of his life, Ollie Purvis, who was serving as a Holy Cross nursing student. He then found his career at Howard Community Hospital, serving as the medical lab supervisor.  He retired in 1993 after 32 years of service.

Robert was a member of the Society of Clinical Pathology, National Rifle Association, Wildcat Valley Muzzleloaders, American Legion, and former member of the Izaak Walton League. He served as one of five volunteers known as “The Wednesday Guys” who built exhibits for the Miami County Historical Society Museum.   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. 

Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ollie E. Fisher, Kokomo; children, Walter J. (Susan) Fisher, Cynthia D. (Steven) Fisher-Elkins Julia L. (Thomas) Burrell, and John M. Fisher; grandchildren, Aaron (Kelly) Fisher, Nathan Fisher, Clayton Fisher, Kyle (Kelsie) Fisher, Cierra Fisher, Katherine Burrell, Whitney Martin, and Lindsy (Nicholas) Wilkerson; great-grandchildren, Maggie Fisher, Abe Fisher, Kora Fisher, Kyla Fisher, Ava Williams, Alexander Wilkerson, Katerina Wilkerson, and Nicholas Wilkerson.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo with Pastor Mike Carson officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 12-2 pm Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Messages of condolence may be left at  

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Martha and Frank Jackson
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
We are so sad to hear about Joe, We send our deepest sympathy to your family!!
Love and Prayers to your family, Joe will be missed!!!

Don and Kim Dailey
   Posted Thu February 08, 2018
So sorry to hear about Uncle Joe. Our prayers go out to the entire family.

Dan and Neva Lawson
   Posted Thu February 08, 2018
Dear Neighbor, so sorry to hear about Joe. May God give you peace in your time of sorrow. You can always hold him in your heart, and always feel his love.
From your neighbors with the little beagle that liked to visit you when he got loose.
Dan and Neva Lawson--neighbors

Tamera Fry
   Posted Thu February 08, 2018

Patriotic Tribute was sent by Tami fry .

So sorry for your loss Tami fry, Brandon fry, and jenna fry

Vickie Moore
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
So sorry to hear about Joe. Always was a pleasure to see walking the halls at the hospital and knowing him personally. Same smile both places. Condolences to Ollie and the kids. Always in my heart.

Donna Alexander
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
Julia, I am so sorry to hear of your dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this very difficult time.

Donna Alexander