John Frederick "Fred" Fish
15, 1925 - October 7, 2002
I sent this
e-mail to friends on October 7, 2002 at 5:31 AM:
Fish (June 15, 1925 - October 7, 2002) went home to be with his
LORD this morning, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He lived
a full life, and touched the lives of thousands of people. He was
a graduate of Dakota Bible College. Ministry was his life, and his
formal ministry lasted more than fifty years. He ministered to churches
in South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Oklahoma.
He had a unique ability to go into churches that were struggling,
and to love them into stability. His last full-time ministry was
at the Morningside Church of Christ in Sioux City, Iowa, from which
he retired in 1992. He moved to Moberly, Missouri, and immediately
found himself thrust back into ministry there, having a prolonged
interim ministry at the Union Avenue church. He moved to Joplin
in 1994, shortly before we returned from South America. I don't
have enough fingers to count the places in the 4-State area where
he has done supply preaching, or has had interim ministries. His
membership was at the College Heights Christian Church in Joplin,
but he was frequently involved in preaching elsewhere.
At the same time, for the past several years, he led a Care Group
in his home, ministering to a rather large group of people from
College Heights, surrendering the leadership of the group only when
his illness demanded it. He shared an evening with that group on
Thursday evening, September 26. Early the next morning, while walking
in his home, his legs gave out, and he fell. His journey to the
next world accelerated after that time.
He has gone now to a much better place. No illness is allowed there.
Nor are there days like September 11 marked in memory. There are
two special days, that are remembered there. The first day of remembrance
was a dark day when the Savior of the World hung suspended between
heaven and earth. The forces of evil thought that they had won the
cosmic battle. Were it not for the second day of remembrance (3
days later) when Christ arose, all would have been in vain. But
on the third day Jesus Christ arose from the dead, to conquer death
In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything
perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable,
this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come
"Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the
last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s
afraid of you now?"
It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that
gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single
victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone,
the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!
15, The Message by Eugene Peterson)
He is survived
by his wife, Martha; by three children, Melody Voss of Sherman,
Illinois; David Fish of Joplin, Missouri; Jacqueline Gage of Lamar,
Missouri; by eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. We will
miss him greatly, but we rejoice with him in his graduation from
this life to the next, and will look forward to worshipping our
LORD with him once again.
David G. Fish
(October 7, 2002, 5:31 AM)
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