Albert "Tobe" Fisher
Published in The Wichita
Eagle from May 13 to May 14, 2012
Fisher, Brant Albert
"Tobe," dearly devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed
into eternal rest at the age of 84 on Friday, May 11, 2012.
Tobe was born on October 16, 1927 in Fort Gibson, OK to Brant Biggerstaff
and Ethel Susie Fisher, and was raised by a family of potato farmers and
traders. He had an exciting boyhood spent hunting, fishing, and riding
horseback from the age of five. He learned a strong work ethic early in
life. He attended Fort Gibson High School and Northeastern State Teachers
College in Tahlequah, OK.
He was a gifted, outstanding athlete, and excelled in basketball and baseball.
He was signed to Triple A minor league professional baseball at the age
He enlisted in the Merchant Marines and moved to California. Thereafter,
he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the close of World War II and
was trained for the invasion of Japan. He served honorably and was discharged
He returned to professional baseball, and was called up to the Major Leagues
to play the position of catcher for the Washington Senators. Just two
weeks before reporting to the Major Leagues, he severely broke his ankle
during a baseball game, which ended his professional career. He returned
to Oklahoma, and in September, 1951 he married Shirley Ann Coon of Muskogee,
OK. They moved to Wichita, KS, where Tobe worked for several years for
Service Auto Glass before founding his own company, Instant Auto Glass
Later in his business career he was active in commercial real estate development.
He and Shirley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2011.
Tobe is survived by his wife Shirley; his sister Ruth of Las Vegas, NV;
his children Toby and Sally Fisher, and Ginger and Butch Hudson, all of
Wichita, and Rocky and Sherli Fisher of Tulsa, OK; his beloved grandchildren,
Tyler Fisher, Ryan Wisdom, Rachel Wisdom, Jessi Fisher, Jenni Fisher,
and Jason Fisher; and many great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and his beloved granddaughter, Jami
Private burial at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, OK.
Friends and family are welcome to attend a gathering to remember Tobe
at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East on Monday, May 14, 2012 from 6:00
P.M. to 8:00 P.M.