Sylvester Robert Fischer, 77, of Owensboro, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Sylvester was born in Daviess County, the fifth of ten children born to Robert John Fischer and Helena Audrey Fischer. He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School in 1962. Sylvester developed a love of the land while helping his father on the family farm, which inspired him to pursue a career in agriculture. In addition to farming, he worked at Miles Farms and the USPS as a supply rural mail carrier for several years. In 1972, he was elected Sales Supervisor and Secretary-Treasurer of the Owensboro Tobacco Board of Trade, serving 32 years.
On July 17, 1965, Sylvester married Barbara Howard, at St. Mary of the Woods Church. He was a devoted member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church. Sylvester enjoyed volunteering at local church picnics, KC sausage fundraisers and was always willing to lend a hand when needed. He was a 4th degree member of Council 6101 of the Knights of Columbus. In 2017, he and his wife received the Sophia Award for St. Martin Parish. Sylvester felt deeply touched and honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Owensboro Diocese Rural Life Committee in 2018. He was a trustee of the Daviess County Farm Bureau Board for forty-three years and the board from the Daviess County FSA.
He was devoted to his family, a loving husband, dad and dad. His family was his pride and joy. Sylvester enjoyed family reunions, vacations, bus trips, musical performances, his grandchildren’s sports activities, and camping. His favorite week-long trip for fifty-one years was working in Louisville at the Championship Tractor Pull and the National Farm Machinery Show with the Owensboro crew. Sylvester was so happy that his sons and grandsons carried on the family tradition of farming, passed down from generation to generation. He loved talking to people, never met a stranger, and treasured the friendships he had made over the years.
Before him in death were his parents; his younger sister, Mary Fay; and his brother Bernard.
Sylvester is survived by his wife, Barbara; his four children, Brian (Amanda) Fischer, Jerry (Michelle) Fischer, Debra (Tim) Wright and Christa (Michael) Roberts; ten grandchildren, Robert (Kelsey), Jake, Katie and Meredith Fischer, Audrey, Grace and Celia Wright, Spencer, Ava and Emmy Roberts; a great-grandson, Jackson Fischer; seven sisters, Barbara Stallings, Pauline (Gene) Wink, Sister Helena Fischer, Jean (Joe) Blandford, Martha (Mitch) Long, Rose Hodgkins and Janie Howard; as well as several nieces and nephews.
We are sincerely grateful to Dr. Maheshwari, Dr. Faught, Dr. Corey Johnson, and the oncology staff at Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center for their dedication and exceptional care of Sylvester, as well as the compassionate care of The Hospice of Western Kentucky .
Funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-7 p.m. at the Glenn Funeral Home and Crematorium, with prayers beginning at 7 p.m., and 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Resurrection Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Martin’s Catholic Church or the Hospice of Western Kentucky.
Memories and messages of condolence for the family of Sylvester Fischer can be offered online at www.glenncares.com.