Dirk Thomas Fischer of Colleyville, TX was born on August 2, 1949, and entered eternal life November 8, 2023.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, Nov. 20, at Church of St. Anne, 1321 Braman Ave, Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-5:00 PM, Sunday, Nov. 19, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. A rosary/vigil will begin at 5:00 PM.
Burial will be held at 2:00 PM at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Dirk was born in Kenmare ND, to Thomas A. Fischer and Priscilla (Thompson) Fischer. He grew up and graduated from high school, in Bottineau, ND. Dirk worked at the Red Owl grocery store as a teenager and had fond memories of working with his high school friend Dennis. He was active in high school band, and often accompanied soloists on the piano.
After completion of high school, he joined the Navy, and served on the USS Blue Ridge. He often spoke with pride about his time in the Navy. His Unit received Meritorious Unit Commendation, in April and May of 1975 for supporting the evacuation of US citizens, Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees, and third world nationals. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal. While in the Navy Dirk completed a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude, thru Chapman College, Orange, CA. He was then admitted to Full Graduate Standing to a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration.
Dirk married Elaine Barth, in July of 1988.
Returning to civilian life, Dirk accepted a job with the Souris Basin Planning Council in Minot, ND, as a Criminal Justice Planner. When funds were being cut, Dirk saw the writing on the wall and resigned. Working in oil and gas was a dream of Dirk's. While visiting his brother in Louisiana, he was introduced to a neighbor, who worked in oil and gas...Oil and gas was Dirk's passion, for the remainder of his life! When things were slow in oil and gas, he found his skills to be useful for leasing easements for pipelines or acquiring right of way easements for the highway in Minnesota. Dirk took a job in oil and gas in Texas in the early 2000's. His family later joined him in Texas, and they made their home there.
Everyone who knew Dirk, knew that his favorite band was always Don Henley and the Eagles. He liked boats and mustang cars and had more than one over the years. When he was younger, he liked to play tennis. He enjoyed following numerous sports, but hockey seemed to be his favorite. Dirk and Elaine enjoyed vacationing and went on several trips over the years for which they had great memories. They particularly enjoyed travelling to Florida with their children, family members and friends. Their children, Nathan and Andrea, brought them much joy and were a big part of their lives over the years. Dirk had many cousins he was fond of, as well as his aunt Joan who made him caramel rolls.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; son, Nathan; daughter, Andrea; brother, Brent (Marilyn); and sister, Terresa (Kenneth).
Dirk was preceded in death, by his parents and an infant brother, Fulton.