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James Paul Fischer

James Paul Fischer, 95, passed away Sept. 9 in Colorado Springs. Jim was born Oct. 7, 1911, in Beatrice, Neb., to Paul William Fischer and Jennie (Evringham) Fischer Morris. He came to Colorado in 1922 and moved to Rifle in 1924. Jim graduated from Rifle Union High School in 1930. He had been the last surviving member of his class.He was married to Thelma Estes of Rifle in 1934. He was employed by Union Carbide in Uravan and Rifle from 1938 to 1944. He owned several businesses in Rifle in the late 1940s, including the popular Polar Bear Snack Shop. He was employed by the Bureau of Mines at Anvil Points from 1950 until it closed in 1957. He was employed by the Bureau of Reclamation during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam at Page, Ariz., retiring in 1971. He received the Commendable Service Award of the Department of the Interior at his retirement. He and Thelma returned to their home in Rifle where they lived until 2004, when they moved to Colorado Springs.Jim is survived by his wife of 72 years; daughter Tanys (Jack) Kenney of Colorado Springs; granddaughter Allison Kenney of Grand Junction; grandson Brad (Patty) Kenney; great-granddaughter Sarah Kenney of Ellicott City, Md.; and granddaughter Dana (Dwight) Kasten of Colorado Springs.Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Wells, and his brother, Richard Morris. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.


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