M. Keith Fisk

Birth Date: 
Sunday, October 10, 1926
Date of Passing: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

WOOSTER – M. Keith Fisk, 90, of Wooster passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 at West View Healthy Living in Wooster.

He was born October 10, 1926 in Akron the son of Merle and Frances Wilhelm Fisk.  He married Dixie Miller on May 26, 1948.  She survives.

He was the owner and operator of Fisk Contractors, a Restoration Company, retiring in 1994 after nearly 50 years.  He attended the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church.  Keith enjoyed flying, biking, golf and his grandchildren.

He proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944-1946.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who always took care of his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Rick (Barbara) Fisk of Lake Zurich, Illinois, Tassie (David) Klinsing of Columbus, Indiana, Andy (Carol) Fisk of Wooster and Scott (Lori) Fisk of Green; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a brother Martin Fisk of Columbus.

He was preceded by his parents, a grandchild and a brother Ronald Fisk.

There will be no calling hours.

Private family graveside services will be held.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Those who wish may make contributions to the West View Healthy Living Chaplain Services, 1715 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Memorial Contributions: 

West View Healthy Liviing Chaplain Services, 1715 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Visitation: 

No calling hours

Service: 

Private family services will be held

Condolences

I am so very sorry to hear about Keith's passing. May God comfort you during this difficult time and in the days to come.

Please accept my sincere condolence.

To the family of Keith Fisk,
Keith joined our table at WVHL and shared much of his life story which was very facinating. Some of the things that I remember are that:
1. His family was on its way to Texas when the car broke down in Ashland, so they stayed there for a few years.
2. Keith got up early and rode his bike to work in a bakery while in school. There he 2was instructed to dip his hand into the frosting glaze and spread it over the pastry (sticky buns, etc). It was during these wintertime bike rides that he suffered permanent damage to his hands and wore gloves indoors when he wasn't eating.
3. The family moved to California in a car which had seats that could be fold3ed down to make a bed.
d. When his father heard that gas rationing was imminent (WWII), he said,"We're going back to Ashland."
5.* In Ashland, Keith hung around/worked at the airport. The owner took Keith up on flights.n Without warning, he handed the controls over to keith who was able to fly and land the plane successfuly.
6.* When the owner told Keith that he could get his pilot's license but needed his birth certificate, Keith said, "I was born in Akron." The owner gave Keith the keys to his brand new car and told him to go to Akron.
7.* Keith told how he followed the "steel compass" (the railroad tracks) west and back for a required long distance flight to get his license.
* Note: I'm not sure whether the pilot incidents occurred before or after his WWII service.
h. His uncle told him that to join the Navy because , "You'll know where you will be sleeping every night." So at age 17, Keith lied about his age before finishing his senior year at Ashland High School, joined the Navy , went through basic training and reported to (Connecticut?) where he was told he would be in the C.B.'s (Construction Battalion). Keith asked if there was anything else if he didn't want to be a C.B. The response was, "You're going to be a C.B."
i. Subsequently, he shipped out of New Orleans, arriving in Okinawa where he built four or five air strips.
j. At one point, a group of Imperial Army soldiers (all over 6' tall) surrender3d to the C.B.'s and were held for the military to take int custody.
11. Most nights, the Japanese bombers flew over, spotlights reached them, but they were too high for the U.S. antiaircraft artillery.
12. During these bombing raids Keith spent many nights under a dozer.
m. After the War, Ashland H.S. presented him with his diploma. Keith went to college in Florida on the G.I. Bill. Within two months, he asked himself, "Do I want to sit in an office all day, looking up people's butts?"
n. Keith went to work for his uncle, doing external church repairs and similar work.Eventually, he started his own company.
15. He related a story about a union attempt at a job at St. Mary's Church in Wooster. He reported the problem to Monsignor Weigand who said, "I'll take care of it." Monsignor Weigand fired the whole crew.
16. Another anecdotal story 2was about a job high on a church in Pittsburgh where gold leaf was to be applied. Although Keith had never done this, he was told how to as he was buying the gold leaf. He quickly added this skill to his company.

I am now at Danbury Woods, Wooster, but was at WVHL for four years where I met many people and became good friends with a few.Keith was one of these special people. He had an interesting life, had a strong work ethic and was devoted to Dixie. He moved into WVHL so that he could visit and be with her on a daily basis.
I offer my condolences to you in your loss. I too have experienced many losses in my family and know that the passing of each on leaves an empty spot, yet kept in memory, looking forward to our resurrection and being together again.

Peace be with you,

Jim Opatrny

So sorry to hear of your dads passing. What a good man. Thoughts and prayers!!

We were so sorry to read about the passing of Keith. We knew him and Dixie from church. They were always such a special couple. You could tell that they were made for each other. The way Keith took care of Dixie was heart touching. We will miss Keith. We are sure he is happy in his Heavenly home now. May all of you be comforted and blessed during this difficult time.

Rick, Tassie, Andy and Scott, I sure am going to miss your Dad. He were a special friend to me. I will always remember the fun the four of us had most winters in Florida as well as the trips we took to New York, the lake, our cabin, and the Amish country. What your dad and Uncle Bill thought up kept your mom and me laughing and wondering who was going to to get in trouble first. I can only imagine the two of them now together in heaven. My sincere condolences to each one of you.

May the God of all comfort be with you all. I've always held both of your parents in high esteem.

Love and prayers

ITS MOMS BIRTHDAY DAD,SHE IS DOING OK SHE WOULD MISS YOU IF SHE COULD,BUT YOU KNOW THE SITUATION.I HOPE YOU HAVE WINGS NOW,IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE THAT IT WOULD BE YOU.MISS YOU DAD I HOPE YOUR HAVING FUN WITH UNCLE HOWARD ON THE GREENS.I WILL TALK TO YOU LATTER,OH BY THE WAY TELL UNCLE NOAH I SAID HI AND I WILL BE THERE SOMETIME LATTER.LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU DAILY BUT IM GLAD YOUR NOT SUFFERING ANYMORE. LOVE ANDY

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