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Obituary for William Clayton Fischer

William “Bill” Clayton Fischer, age 61, of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at the Northfield Hospital. Bill was born the son of Clayton and Julia (Thiewes) Fischer on November 8, 1958, in Waseca, Minnesota. He attended Sacred Heart School and then Waseca High School graduating in 1977. Bill then attended DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona where he received his electrical engineer degree. He then attended Arizona State University for one year. He returned to Waseca and began working for EF Johnson. Bill was united in marriage to Jeanne Chirpich on July 6, 1985, at Sacred Heart […]

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William “Bill” Clayton Fischer, age 61, of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at the Northfield Hospital.

Bill was born the son of Clayton and Julia (Thiewes) Fischer on November 8, 1958, in Waseca, Minnesota. He attended Sacred Heart School and then Waseca High School graduating in 1977. Bill then attended DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona where he received his electrical engineer degree. He then attended Arizona State University for one year. He returned to Waseca and began working for EF Johnson. Bill was united in marriage to Jeanne Chirpich on July 6, 1985, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca. He continued working for EF Johnson before taking a position at Sheldahl in Northfield. Bill and Jeanne moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota when his division was being relocated. When the company decided to relocate his division again to Colorado, Bill and Jeanne decided to return to Northfield where he began working for Automated Assembly located in Lakeville. He then helped start Vaddio located in Minnetonka where he worked designing circuits and developed video conference cameras.

Bill was a true gentleman and never had a harsh word to say about anyone. He was friendly, outgoing and had a great sense of humor. He received his pilot’s license at the age of 16 and helped with the Civil Air Patrol. Some of his hobbies were serving as a storm chaser for the Civil Defense, his many motorcycles and amateur radio.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne of Northfield; two daughters Marie and Katie Fischer both of Northfield; a son John (fiancée Kate) Fischer of Minneapolis; his mother Julia Fischer of Waseca; and two brothers Larry (Paula) Fischer of Eagan and Tim (Marijo) Fischer of Waseca. Bill was preceded in death by his Father in 2019.
Visitation will be held at Bierman Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 PM. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory. biermanfuneralhome.com.

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Funeral

7:00 PM - January 7, 2020

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

4:00 PM - January 7, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

11 Comments

  1. Jeanne Oleson

    Sending prayers for the Family

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  2. Paul Moore

    Say it ain’t so !
    I was thinking about you during the day ride soul capturing tour last summer over the curvy rolling hills and tree covered tunnel roads of Southern Wisconsin. Bill Fischer should be here. He would have had a blast like I did taking pictures of the Amish, capturing their souls and riding on some finest roads in the country.

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  3. Carrie Larson-Wedin

    You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
    Bill was really a great guy. He had such a great smile & laugh & enjoyed seeing others smiling or laughing too.

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  4. Diane Giese

    I am so sorry to hear this. Enjoyed working with him in Aberdeen. Condolences to his family.

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  5. Richard Esser

    So very sorry for your loss

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  6. Mary Roesler

    I went to school with Bill. We were also country neighbors. He such one of the nicest guys. He be so missed.Bills family is in my thought and prayers.

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  7. Jim Wellbrock

    So sorry to hear this…knew Bill from Sheldahl and Amateur Radio, most-recently his work on the Northfield Repeater which I use every day…thoughts and prayers for the family.

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  8. Scott Lindblad

    Today is a very sad day for me like I am sure it is for you. I met Bill in the late ’80s, and I had the luxury to work side by side with Bill for a number of years. Working as young Engineers in the middle of an electronics revolution that changed the world forever. With projects so enormous, it didn’t seem possible. I think Bill would usually have is 40 hours complete by day 3 of each week, and still work another 40 hrs. for fun. But overall the years, I only remember smiles, lots of laughs, a positive attitude, and yes, a lot of BS along the way to help, but never a complaint.

    In the beginning, Bill would program the fastest robots in the world, and make the job look easy. I don’t know if you remember in the ’80s when you would keep your finger on the 286 computer keyboards, it would beep at you to remove your hand. One morning around 11:00 am Bills computer lit-up with sound, but Bill did not move. Our small team looked over and started to laugh. Bill had fallen asleep with his hands on the keyboard and the sound was going crazy along with the letters on the screen. Come to find out, Bill did not go home the night before but kept programming all night to get another project done on time.

    Bill would take the right steps to help all the Engineers if they did not seem busy enough. Back in the day, technical magazines would have a sign-up section, and you could fill out information cards and circle the items when you wanted more information. I remember a few engineers who would start to get over a foot of mail delivered every day, and did not catch on that Bill was filling out the request for information for everybody. I can see Bill laughing out loud to the point of tears in his eyes, as I write this.

    Bill’s work is hidden all around you. When you drive your car next time, know that Bill made the ABS brakes that are now on all cars and trucks. Next time you talk on your cell phone, know that Bill made the first cell phones for Motorola, now everybody has a cell phone. Next time your car starts, know that Bill made the first Cam and Crank sensors to give your engine spark. Next time your door chimes in your car, know that Bill made the first door chimes.

    For the past decade, we were always going to go out for that beer. We always talked about it, but always went home to our families and agreed that next time would be a perfect time. Bill, I will truly miss you my friend!
    Jeanne, Marie, Katie & John, I am truly sorry for the loss of your Husband, and your dad, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  9. Patricia Rhodes

    Bill was such a great guy, everyone loved him. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. RIP my friend Bill.

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  10. Michele Way

    Jeanne. I am so sorry. Thinking of you and your children.

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  11. Jeff Stillson

    I’m very saddened to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Bill at Vaddio/Photo Control. Please accept my condolences.

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