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Updated: Jan 25

February 28, 1934 to January 12, 2021

James Gordon Fischer passed away on January 12, 2021, in Lake Havasu City, AZ. He was 86 years old. He was born on February 28, 1934, in Los Angeles, CA. He was the son of Clarence Charles and Naomi Beatrice Fischer. He is preceded in death by his sister Ernece Rae Mathews, and nephew Wyatt Mathews.

He married Jacqueline Rose Cook and had a son, Dell Keith, and a daughter Jillyn Ann. They divorced in 1962. He later met Cecilia Baker. They were married in 1966 and had 54½ wonderful years together. Dell and Jill each have two children, Robert and Katherine Fischer, and Jeremy and Rebekah Peterson. They each married, and produced 10 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Patrick, and Dean Mardis; Paisley, Dylan, Caitlyn, and Wyatt Peterson; Ellen, Amelia, and Baby boy Fischer due in June.

He attended Franklin High School and LA Trade Tech to become an electrician. When he was not accepted into the military, he went to work for Western Electric for nine years. He then worked for General Telephone, in many capacities, until his retirement in 1987 when the company was downsizing. He spent 24 years with GTE.

Over the years he enjoyed camping. Upon his marriage to Cecilia, he could not afford a camper shell for his used 1965 El Camino, so he and Cecilia built their “honeymoon cottage” cabover camper for their honeymoon trip. The trip covered six weeks, 32 U.S. states and Canada, over 9,000 miles. The enjoyed the trip so much that two years later they took the children on a 7,500-mile trip over the U.S. and Canada, having bought a new pickup and used camper.

Upon return from his honeymoon, there was a brochure about Lapidary classes being offered at Adult school at a local high school. He attended classes for the semester and got acquainted with several others that belonged to a “Rock Hound Club”. He pursued this hobby, traveling to the desert and anywhere field trips were scheduled, bought equipment so he could do whatever he needed to do when the urge struck. He was very active in the Lapidary club, was chairman several years, and enjoyed it immensely. Then he was introduced to square dancing, and that became a new “hobby”, holding office several times before moving to Lindsay, CA, in 1978.

He enjoyed traveling. He and Cecilia went on cruises through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Tahiti, and trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, and Amsterdam and its surrounding European countries. There were many trips across the U.S. when attending the National Square Dance Convention as a dancer and vendor for 15 years. He made badges for square dancers, and many companies, churches, RV clubs, restaurants, etc. This hobby of making badges became a business when they moved to Lindsay, CA, and Cecilia retired from teaching. It lasted over 40 years.

He loved to “tinker” in his shop. He went to adult school to learn welding. In his retirement years, especially after moving to AZ in 1999, he was able to have his dream garage/shop/man cave built. He loved to make yard art and wind chimes, coyotes, quail, rabbits, elephants, Christian crosses out of horseshoes, and hundreds of “fun badges”. He loved to give the badges away to people just to see them smile and laugh. With his electrical knowledge, he completely wired the “dream house” built in CA in 1979, and on moving to AZ in 1999, helped several new neighbors wire their new homes.

At garage sales, he could not pass up anything electrical, especially heavy-duty electrical cord and ends. He probably amassed over 2,000 feet of cord which he used when attending the square dance conventions and setting up the booth to make badges.

He was a Master Mason of over 60 years, a member of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church, and over the years, the Eagles, and the Elks. He also was a member of two RV clubs, the California Heartland, and California Coasters chapters of FMCA, and the Good Sam Club, being a Life Member.

While traveling to and from the square dance conventions, he started collecting blow torches, since they were not being made and/or used anymore. Traveling across the U.S. and Canada, he managed to amass a collection of over 300 of all sizes and shapes.

Another favorite collection was anything having to do with Mickey Mouse. He had many pieces of stuffed Mickeys, clothing, artwork, etc., from small to ginormous. This collection numbered over 400 pieces. Then, there was simply no more room.

From 2002 to 2016 Jim and Cecilia spent the summers volunteering at state parks in Oregon, Arizona, and California. As camp hosts, they did just about anything around the camps, except having to clean the restrooms, including checking people in, cleaning campsites, selling firewood, giving directions, and doing a lot of public relations. Needless to say, Jim was a people person, he really enjoyed going to the different campsites and shooting the breeze.

Celebration of Life services will not be held until Spring, when, hopefully, Covid has settled down and it is safe for people to travel. By then, it will be warmer, and we can gather on our patio.

January 20, 1975 to January 2, 2021

Her life, her strength, her wisdom was vibrant. Her strong-willed spirit provided balance and honesty to all who were blessed to know her. Michelle Lynn Johnson was a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Born January 20th 1975, Michelle Lynn Johnson was the outspoken daughter of her mother Gevern Begay, her father Herbert Billah and her aunt Cecilia Bennett. She was the sixth child, her siblings being Geradine Johnson, Pamala Johnson, Debbie Maloney (deceased), Raymond Maloney Jr., Darrell Maloney (deceased), Venita Begay (deceased), Treva Begay and Jeremiah Yazzie .

She was a confident Navajo Native American woman born of Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass People). Michelle dedicated her life to her only daughter Odessa Wauneka and her late husband Lorenzo Wauneka who she loved dearly. Her hard working, independent soul added guidance to those who loved her. She honored family and friendship above all else.

Michelle aka Stubbies was a fearless woman who saw obstacles as opportunities. The moment she was born in Tuba City Arizona she strived to work in Administrative Business and became captivated working in Education. She graduated from Tuba City High School and went on to earn a degree in Business Administration at Northern Arizona University and gained an Associates in Liberal Arts at Dine College. She understood the importance of education and encouraged her students, family, and loved ones to continue their learning. As a confident woman and as a mother, Michelle was a role model to many.

As a hard core Yankees fan Michelle coached softball at Greyhills High School, Tuba City Junior High and volunteered at Tuba City Boarding School. She was passionate about the outdoors and appreciated British history. She participated in hiking, running marathons, fishing, camping and endlessly enjoyed victorian dramas. On her days off, Michelle would be running, watching Netflix, hanging out with her many friends, or simply taking photos of her beloved dachshund Tuscany. She had a laugh and smile that was contagious. She was beautiful and well rounded. She continuously supported her Navajo Native American traditions and inspired those around her to live a healthy lifestyle by leading with example.

She wasn’t perfect, but she wasn’t a quitter. Michelle did everything in her power to be the best mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend she could be. Her resilient spirit was full of wisdom and strength. On January 2nd 2021 she was reunited with her late husband Lorenzo Wauneka ‘Ran’. She was living in Lake Havasu City, Arizona working towards a career in Human Resources at the Indian Health Services. She ran everyday by the London Bridge lake and frequently traveled for work visiting new exciting Native American reservations. As the new year of 2021 rose above the horizon she left this world. Michelle spent forty five years on this earth developing connections, skills, and living life to the fullest. She will be deeply missed by all. We love you Michelle.

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