Photo by Frank Prager
Jasper Fisher stands in front of the travel trailer in which he and his wife plan to travel the country.
Some people make their way through life following a path cleared by others and plainly marked. Others forge their own direction by relying on their skills, ingenuity and leadership. Jasper Fisher is one of the latter.
Born and raised in the southeastern Missouri town of Scott City, Fisher had pre-registered for the Army when he graduated high school and entered the service in June 1965. After training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Fort Sam Houston in Texas, he was sent to Vietnam, where he served in the Medical Clearing Company of the First Infantry Division, Second Brigade.
His unit provided aid to three battalions of infantry, always moving to stay close to the troops to provide rapid assistance and medical aid. While there, he was awarded the Combat Medical Badge. The badge is awarded to military personnel who perform medical duties while simultaneously being actively engaged by the enemy.
After returning from Vietnam, Fisher served 12 months at Scott Air Force base as senior medic, attaining the rank of E-5. He was discharged from the service in 1968.
Fisher subsequently enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University and worked as a carpenter to put himself through school, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. He remarks that he always had an interest in medicine and sold pharmaceuticals for three years after graduating.
In 1976 his career took a different turn when he came to Alton to be the startup manager for Industrial Motor Repair. From then until he retired in 2010, he grew the business to 28 employees with an annual revenue of $3.5 million. The company repaired motors for major industrial plants in the area such as Owens-Illinois Glass Co. and Laclede Steel.
Fisher volunteered for nine years with the Electrical Apparatus Service Association during his career, becoming chairman of the board of the international organization from 1999 to 2000. He received the association’s Exceptional Achievement Service Award for his overall contributions there with the focus of his efforts being in technical development with the Education Committee.
At the age of 67, Fisher lives in rural Alton with his wife of 48 years, Martha. He has two daughters and five grandchildren. They are all in the local area and a significant part of his life.
His love of the outdoors has taken him elk hunting in the western United States and trout fishing in Montana. He also hunts turkey and says he is looking forward to introducing his grandsons to hunting. He is building them hunting rifles.
He and his wife have purchased a new travel trailer and are planning on traveling the United States in pursuing their hobbies and interests. He says he likes to keep busy and that is clearly evidenced by the myriad of activities in which he remains involved.
This former business leader and combat veteran continues to stay active and engaged with family, friends and interests. Well into retirement from a successful business career, Jasper Fisher shows no sign of slowing down.