The Obit For Tobe Fisher

Brant 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 of 17.

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 in 1948.

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 Company.

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 Ann Fisher.

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.