Roy W. Fisher, 84, of Eufaula, Okla., a national leader in the cattle and quarter horse industries, long-time rancher, and local civic leader, passed away December 17, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Born July 28, 1929 in Oklahoma City to Roy and Mildred Wallis Fisher, Roy graduated from Edmond High School in 1948. He was married to Elizabeth Rixleben of Holdenville for 35 years. The couple had five children. On September 4, 1994, Roy married Glenna Janet Hoyst in Oklahoma City, Okla. They were happily married for more than 19 years. Roy graduated from Oklahoma A & M in 1952, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Following service and honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Roy moved his family to Eufaula. There he founded what was to become a 60 year-old, family ranching business.
Always active in civic affairs, Roy assisted with the organization of and provided ongoing leadership to Eufaula’s Chamber of Commerce. He was local Lions’ Club leader. Roy captained the construction of the buildings, booths, rides and operation of the annual Eufaula Fair. He was instrumental in the Corp of Engineers approval of the Eufaula Cove marina site, today one of the state’s largest marina operations. Roy helped establish the city’s little league programs, built baseball fields, and coached for 18 years. He served on the Eufaula Ironhead Chain Gang for 53 years, retiring only this past season due to the accident which brought about his death. As the oldest active member of the Eufaula United Methodist Church, Roy was a Lay Leader and member of numerous boards for over 60 years. He received the Methodist Man of the Year Award for 2013. In 2012, Roy was named Mr. Heritage during the annual Eufaula Heritage Days celebration.
As partner of the Fisher Otis Company, Roy was co-developer with Roger Otis of Longtown Estates on Lake Eufaula. Fisher Ranch participated in the premier Oklahoma Cattleman’s Range Round-up Rodeo for 14 years. The ranch’s annual quarter horse production sale has continued for the past 18 years. Roy has served as president of the McIntosh County Cattleman’s Association, second vice president of Oklahoma’s Cattleman Association, and was a charter member of the National Cattlemen’s Association, and 60 year member of the American Quarter Horse Association, from whom he received the organization’s Legacy Award as a pioneer foundation quarter horse breeder. As a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, Roy was awarded Hall of Fame status in 2012. Over the years, Roy enjoyed hosting visitors and agricultural tour groups from all over the world, making Fisher Ranch an agricultural tourist destination.
Survivors include his wife, Glenna; daughter, Ann Robbins; sons: David Fisher and wife, Patty; Chris Fisher; Gary Fisher and wife, Lynn; Mark Caldwell; Jeremy Avance and wife, Carey; sisters: Marilyn Wantland and husband, David, and Jeannie Chandler; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Rix Fisher in 2004.
A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 22, at the Eufaula High School Auditorium with Reverends Steve Friskup and Ryan Fisher officiating. Private burial will follow at Fisher Ranch under the direction of Hunn Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eufaula United Methodist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.hbmfuneralhome.com.