John Brinch Fischer



JOHN BRINCH FISCHER passed away on January 2, 2020. He was born to Soren and Thora Fischer, February 18, 1933, in Flint, Michigan. He and his sister, Marion, grew up there, while their Danish immigrant parents worked in the Chevrolet plant and laundry businesses respectively.

He was an early Oldsmobile Rocket 88 hotrodder, factory troubleshooter, sailor, Nascar fan, horse rancher, robotics mentor, and truck customizer. With his partner Bill Vuillemot, he started and operated a tool and die shop called Duramold with over 40 employees thorough its 20 year history. There, he mentored many, young and old, to find the best in themselves.

John loved being involved in his children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s lives, including their education, art, dance, sports, careers, and families. He didn’t miss an opportunity to try new things. He taught his children to ski, hike, sail, care for animals, and build robots, as well as explore the world on long road trips. But most of all, he taught them to be life-long learners, to be patient with others, and to love one another.

John is survived by his sister, Marion Eyster; previous wife, JoAnn and long-time companion, Bunnie Striggow; his children, Laura Fischer, William Fischer, Susan Bonner, Susan Becker, Robert Becker, Sandra Huntman, Todd Huntman; his eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his best friend, Jeff Killewald.

There will be a memorial service July 31, at 1 p.m. at the Flint Central Nazarene church, 1261 W. Bristol Rd in Flint, Michigan.