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Dick and Lyn Fisher leave legacy gift for Pickaway County

Dick Fisher (center left) following his Circleville athletic Hall of Fame induction

The nearly 70 year residents were dedicated to their community

The Pickaway County Community Foundation is proud to honor and thank the Fisher family for their legacy gift to the community following the Dick Fisher’s passage in November. Dick and his wife Lyn, who passed in 2013, gave a legacy gift to PCCF which will now be used to by PCCF to support ongoing efforts in the community.

Lyn Fisher
Dick Fisher

Dick and Lyn met in college and married after graduation. Following their marriage, Dick served in the U.S. Navy including two years aboard the USS Boxer. Following his service, Dick and Lyn moved to Circleville in 1957. Dick taught American History and Government before becoming the school counselor at Circleville High School where he also served as a baseball and football coach. Outside of the school year Dick was co-director of the Head Start program and was a charter member of the Scioto-Paint Valley Mental Health Board. He also served as an EMT for 12 years in Circleville.

After moving to Circleville Lyn taught at both Circleville and Westfall and after retiring as a teacher, she became a literacy tutor. Ever the ones to serve their community Dick was a member of the BPO Elks and served as a Pumpkin Show Official for many years. He and Lyn were host parents for two foreign exchange students. Dick received the Rotary Service Over Self Certificate of Merit in 1996 and he and Lyn were inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizen Hall of Fame in 2004, representing Pickaway County. Dick served on several local boards including the Berger Hospital Foundation Board, volunteered with the Pickaway County Genealogical Library and was a member of the Pickaway County Retired Teachers Association.

Lyn was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served her community in many ways including being a girl scout leader and was a founding member of the Pickaway County Master Gardners.

“The places that each of these organizations support were very special to our parents during the nearly 70 years that they lived in Circleville,” Linda and Kathy, Dick and Lyn’s daughters wrote in a letter to PCCF and other organizations that received similar gifts. “As their children, we are very proud that in death, as in life, our parent’s generosity and commitment to others will continue through these gifts.”

Linda said as adults the kids would joke that they’d have to make an appointment to see their parents because they’d often be out doing something in the community. “You never knew if they were going to be home or available because of how busy they were,” she said. “That was something we looked up to them about and respected about them. They have set great examples for us. I think we all adhere to that sense of paying it forward and giving as much as we can in a variety of ways to our communities.”

Dick Fisher during his EMT days

Planned gifts, like the one Dick and Lyn donated to PCCF, empower those that give the opportunity to make a significant impact on Pickaway County while maintaining your financial flexibility. Planning an estate gift allows you to leave a legacy of generosity that will last well beyond your lifetime. PCCF works with you and your professional advisor to create a letter of intent that outlines the specifics of how you would like your planned gift handled to continue that legacy beyond your lifetime.

Lyn Fisher in the garden

“PCCF is grateful for the opportunity to be able to honor the legacy of two incredible members of our community who were devoted to the betterment of Pickaway County,” PCCF Executive Director Alexis Conrad said. “Their gift will continue their impact on the community through the work we do here at the foundation.”

If you would like to discuss the opportunities on how to use legacy giving to leave a lasting impact and ensure PCCF can continue to provide charitable resources and expertise that improve the quality of life in Pickaway County, contact us today.