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Fisher, business owner, board member, dies

Fisher, business owner, board member, dies
Fisher, business owner, board member, dies
Maurice Fisher

A long-time Corydon business owner who was a fixture on the Harrison County Board of Health for half a century and a founding member of the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Maurice F. Fisher of Corydon was 91.

He owned Fisher’s Body Shop Inc. in Corydon for 30 years.

Lester Rhoads knew the Fishers from the time he was a child, attending church with them. “I saw him sitting in church every Sunday, in the exact same place,” he said. “He was a great influence on me.”

Fisher served on the Harrison Township Advisory Board for three decades, and Rhoads was on the board with him for part of that.

“He was very frugal; he watched the money closely,” he said.

Rhoads recalled Fisher saying, “Spend all the money we need to spend, but not all the money everybody wants us to spend.” By that, he meant to focus on needs as opposed to wants, Rhoads said.

“He was a very respectable, honest man,” he said. “He spoke with authority and conviction about his principles, and I don’t think he ever changed those in all the years I knew him.

“I’m going to miss him a lot,” Rhoads added.

As a business owner, Fisher was actively involved in the Corydon Chamber of Commerce and helped lead the way to it becoming county-wide more than four decades ago.

“He would say many times, ‘I made the motion to do that’,” said Darrell Voelker, former Chamber director who now serves as director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corp. “He was very proud of that.”

Voelker said Fisher had his finger on the changing pulse of the community and knew the time was right for county businesses to unify under the Chamber umbrella. That led to business growth and the emergence of the Chamber as a leading community organization.

Maurice and his wife, the former Elenora Arnold, remained actively involved in supporting Chamber events until just a few years ago.

“He and his wife would regularly attend events if for no other reason than to show interest and to be around other people,” Voelker said.

An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, Fisher was a member of Old Capitol VFW Post 2950 and a 50-year member of Crandall Masonic Lodge No. 591 F&AM. He also served 52 years on the Harrison County Board of Health.

Harrison County Hospital CEO Steve Taylor said that dedication and service are admirable.

“I always found Maurice to be a constructive guy,” he said. “He certainly was very community-oriented and was dedicated to the mission of his organizations and what he was working for.”

Tony Combs was director of the health department for 14 years and remembers Fisher as being “very well-respected and well-educated.” He was the longest serving health board member in Harrison County and one of the longest – if not the longest – to have served in that capacity anywhere in the state, he said.

Fisher’s heart, said Combs, was always in the right place.

“He was all about doing everything he could to keep the community safe. He was a great guy,” Combs said. “He always wanted what was best for the whole community. He was definitely well-respected by everyone.”

Fisher’s funeral was last Tuesday at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey followed by burial in Hursttown Cemetery north of Corydon.