|#1 Published in the Pilot-Tribune December 8, 2020|
Kenneth James Fisher Jr. passed away December 3, 2020 at his home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at PassageWay Church at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Kenneth James Fisher Jr. was born to Kenneth James Fisher Sr. and Janice (Jones) Fisher on October 7, 1985 at Blair Community Hospital. Kenny was known by many nicknames: Fisher, Fish, Fish Stix, Kenny G, Squints, Kenny Jr., Lil Fisher, and a few others.
Kenny's childhood years were spent living in rural Herman, Nebraska and attending the Herman elementary school (The Herman Academy for the Gifted). He and his sister, Patricia enjoyed being outside, exploring, and playing with farm cats. Ken Sr. introduced Kenny to hunting and the great outdoors as soon as Kenny was able to walk and later go along. Hunting, fishing, camping working outside, cutting and splitting firewood for the winter were all activities that Kenny learned to love in early age.
In the spring of 1995, the Fisher family moved into Tekamah, Nebraska. Kenny learned to love the summer swimming pool, riding his bicycle, and skateboarding. His high school activities were wrestling, weightlifting and trap shooting. In the seventh grade, Kenny decided that furthering education was not his interest and that upon graduation of high school he would become a United States Marine. The Fisher family has a long, proud four generation history of military service. Kenny's great grandfather Harold James Fisher served during the first world war in the United States Army. Kenny's grandfather, Kenneth William Fisher served during Korea in the United States Air Force and was a Heavyweight Golden Glove Boxing Champion. Kenneth Sr. served in Vietnam as a United States Navy Seabee. Kenny Jr. served as an infantry Marine and did two combat tours to Iraq and one combat tour in Afghanistan. Kenny Jr.'s awards from service include the following metals: Purple Heart, Marine Corps Good Conduct, National Defense, Iraq Campaign, Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Forces, Global War on Terrorism, and ISAF NATO Service. Kenny also earned the following service ribbons: Combat Action Ribbon with star, Navy Unit Commendation, and Sea Service Deployment with two stars. In January of 2008, Kenny was Honorably Discharged from Active Duty.
Upon release from active duty, Kenny returned home to Tekamah, in hopes of becoming a Nebraska State Trooper; later attending college and becoming a Federal Law Enforcement Agent. Kenny was waiting for acceptance to the academy and a junior at UNO when he received his diagnosis of Stage one or two Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Kenny had Hodgkin's Lymphoma since December of 2010, up until it resulted in his death in 2020.
In November of 2012, he met and instantly loved Ashley Matteo on a blind date. After eight months, three of which they were long distance for one of Kenny's transplants in Nashville, TN; they got engaged and within a year they were married and bought a house together in Fort Calhoun, NE. In May 2015, the Two welcomed a son, Braylon, into the world. Braylon came three months early while Kenny and Ashley were in Tennessee for Kenny's treatment. In 2018, the two found their dream home in Tekamah. Kenny had a lot of work to fix the house up and spent a lot of time getting it ready for his family. Kenny was not afraid of hard work and would do anything for his family.
Kenny was finally where he wanted to be. He was back in Tekamah, where he loved to be. He had a farmhouse that he and Ashley loved. He owned 11 acres that he would do anything he wanted on, but that came with more work. Kenny loved gardening and had a large garden he loved to share with others. He was also able to see cows in the pasture with some help from amazing friends. Hearing the cows in the morning made him smile.
As many things that Kenny had to go through in his life, he was always positive and had a smile on his face. He was a man of his word and was loved by so many people. He had a very strong love and bond with his brothers in the Marine Corps and he loved his family more than anything.
Kenny and Ashley loved each other with their whole heart and soul. That love allowed Kenny to accomplish all the goals he set for himself: a wife, a child, and a place he loved to call home. He was able to pass peacefully in his sleep surrounded by love, content with what he had accomplished, and the beautiful knowledge that he was going to be made whole and be with his Savior.
Kenny will be forever missed, but the mark he left on the people he met will live on forever. He left us all better people than we were before we met him, and we are eternally grateful to have known him.
Kenny is survived by his wife Ashley, son Braylon, parents: Kenneth James Sr. and Janice Fisher, sister Patricia Egan and nephew Asa Harvey.
#2 Funeral Leaflet
In Loving Memory of Kenneth James Fisher Jr.
Born October 7, 1985 Blair, Nebraska ~ Entered Into Rest December 3, 2020 Tekamah, Nebraska.
Funeral Service 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 9, 2020 PassageWay Church, Blair, Nebraska. Officiating: Pastor Nick Bank. Speaker: Kim Snow. Musical Selections: “Your Love Defends Me” sung by Curt Isaacson; Song of Dedication from Kenny to Ashley “Amazing Grace” sung by Kenny
Pallbearers: Brett Ditchen, Juan Castillo, Adam Quiles, Josh Stedman, Mike Rials, Jonathan Murphy, Michael Paul Evans
~~~ Obituaries and funeral leaflet courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings and leaflets on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~
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