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Published July 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Irvin Arthur Fischer

Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Irvin Arthur Fischer, of Charlottesville, died at home on July 14,2013. Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, on March 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Ingvald and Emma Larson Fischer. He was predeceased by five siblings

Col. Fischer grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and developed his passion for golf as an 11 year old caddy at the local golf course. As there was limited golf activity due to the Depression, he and his brother became scratch golfers waiting for customers and students. Irv played golf all over the world and enjoyed thousands of rounds with friends and family at Farmington Country Club, shooting his age many times and playing his last round at the age of 94.

Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Irvin Arthur Fischer

Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Irvin Arthur Fischer, of Charlottesville, died at home on July 14,2013. Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, on March 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Ingvald and Emma Larson Fischer. He was predeceased by five siblings

Col. Fischer grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and developed his passion for golf as an 11 year old caddy at the local golf course. As there was limited golf activity due to the Depression, he and his brother became scratch golfers waiting for customers and students. Irv played golf all over the world and enjoyed thousands of rounds with friends and family at Farmington Country Club, shooting his age many times and playing his last round at the age of 94.

Col. Fischer was graduated from North Dakota State University and the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps in 1941 and served in World War II as a meteorologist. During the Battle of the Bulge, Irv and his team forecast the break in weather that allowed US planes to take off, thus turning back the German offensive. He retired from the US Air Force in 1966. He then worked for the University of Virginia and retired as Director of Sponsored Programs in 1982.

Irv cared deeply about his family, friends and country. He will be remembered with love for his kindness, open-minded acceptance of others and sense of honor.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Kennedy Fischer, a daughter, Catherine Kahn of Charlottesville and her husband William, and a son, Robert James Fischer of Twin Falls, Idaho and his wife Christina. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Christopher Fischer (Diana), Marc Fischer, Megan Shaw (George) and Meryl Kahn, and two great grandchildren, Emily Shaw and Kennedy Fischer.

Funeral services will be private. A reception to celebrate Irv's life will be held on August 9, 2013 at Farmington Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Farmington Seniors Memorial Fund, 1625 Country Club Circle, Charlottesville VA 22901 for a tree to be planted in his memory, or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Hill and Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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