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November 26, 2018

Rex Fischer Obituary

Rex Rolland Fischer

February 16, 1945 - November 22, 2018

 

Rex Rolland Fischer M.D., age 84, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Sun City, AZ.

He was born in St. Edward, Nebraska on February 16, 1934, Dr. Fischer grew up in St. Edward until his early high school years when he moved to Oakland, Nebraska. After graduating High School in 1952, Rex chose the University of Nebraska-Lincoln over the University of Colorado and was awarded an athletic scholarship to play football. As a football letterman in 1955, Rex received many honors which included the Tom Novak Award and Outstanding Senior Player Awards. In addition, Rex participated in the January 1, 1955 Orange Bowl, was a First Team All-Big Seven Conference selection as well as an Academic All-Big Seven Conference honoree, played in the Shriners East-West Shrine All-Star game in Palo Alto, CA on December 31, 1955 and invited to participate in the San Francisco 49er’s training camp in the summer of 1956. Rex enjoyed campus life outside the gridiron as well. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, serving as its President and Rush Chairman.

After excelling both athletically and academically, Rex graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956 and enrolled in the University Of Nebraska School Of Medicine the following fall. During a rotation as part of his medical education in Omaha, Rex met his first wife, Alice Marie Philipps of Kansas City, MO. They were married on August 22, 1959 in Kansas City, Mo.

Upon finishing his Medical training, Rex went into private practice in Columbus, NE. Private practice in Columbus was brief as Rex was asked to serve his country in the US Army in 1966. After his basic military training, Rex was stationed at Fort Riley, KS. and was part of the US Medical Corp from 1966-1968 with the rank of Captain. Following his honorable discharge from military service, Rex and his family relocated to Manhattan, KS during the summer of 1968. As a Board-Certified OB/GYN, Rex enjoyed private practice until his retirement in June of 2003.

On December 2, 1995, Rex married Maggie Daubert. Their union provided Rex a loving life partner which had been absent in his life since the passing of his first wife, Alice in 1988. Together, they enjoyed splitting time between Manhattan and Sun City, AZ before permanently relocating to Arizona in 2013.

During his 35-year career in Manhattan, Rex was extremely active in many professional and civic endeavors. Rex was appointed to the Board of Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in 1971 and served in this capacity for 39 years and as its President for two terms. Rex dedicated decades of service to his beloved Optimist Club and served as its President multiple times and was instrumental in the creation of Optimist Park. He also served as the President of the Manhattan High School Booster Club in 1977-1978 and was an active member in the Manhattan Civic Theater. When not treating patients in Manhattan, Rex spent numerous summers as one of two camp physicians serving Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.

Dr. Fischer was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Rex, along with other tennis and racquetball enthusiasts, was a founding partner of the Cottonwood Racket Club in Manhattan.

Rex and his brothers have enjoyed several recognitions from the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. In 1987, Rex was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. In 1999, Rex along with his brothers were honored by the with the creation of the “Fischer Family Award”. In 2009, he and his brothers were the recipient of the Lyell Besmer Special Merit Award by the same organization.

Rex was the sixth of nine children born to Joe and Viola (Fitzsimons) Fischer, the third of six brothers following three sisters.

Rex is survived by his wife Maggie, his six children and their spouses: Joey (Susan), Ann (Mike White), Amy (Frank Moranz), Kenny, Kay (Mike Welsh) and Beth; step children: Sara Daubert (Brad Ruddell) and Jill (Mike Johnson); brothers, Jack and Pat Fischer, sister in law Betty Fischer; 15 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Rex was preceded in death by his first wife Alice, his parents, sisters, Bernadine, Donafae and Joan and brothers, Cletus, Jerry and Kenneth.

Rex’s passing on Thanksgiving has provided an opportunity for all those who have known, worked with, and watched him on the gridiron and the thousands of whom he helped bring into this world to give “Thanks” to have shared some portion of their lives with such a wonderful man.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday November 30, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

A Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday November 30, 2018 at the funeral home following the visitation.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 1, 2018 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball in Manhattan, with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant. Private Inurnment will be held at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the Manhattan Optimist Club, the Rock Springs 4-H Center, the United Way, or a charity of your choice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com


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