Gary W. Fish

Date of Death: Dec 23, 2017
Gary W. Fish

1949 - 2017

Gary W. Fish, 68, of Waupun, peacefully passed away December 23, 2017 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac surrounded by his family.

Gary was born September 25, 1949 in Viroqua, WI the son of Kenneth and Bonnie Clark Fish. Gary graduated from Westby High School in 1967 where he met his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Jorgenson. On August 30, 1969 they were married in Coon Valley, WI. The next day they moved to Waupun where Gary had his first teaching job at Amity School. He taught for 37 years with the Waupun School District. Gary loved teaching because he always thought he could influence the lives of young people. He loved to bowl, fish, and hunt with family and friends, and take his grandkids out fishing and hunting. He truly loved hosting many fish frys for family and friends. He enjoyed playing cribbage once a month with his fellow retirees who were among his best friends.

Gary is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn; a daughter, Tracy (Tim) Weiser of Georgia, a son, Jason (Melissa) Fish of New Berlin, a daughter, Lisa (Sean) Fromolz of Waupun; seven grandchildren: Ana, Philip, and Anthony Bonilla, Makenzie and Madigan Fish, and Tyler and Hunter Fromolz; two brothers: Mark Fish and Jeff (Bonny) Fish; two sisters: Debra (Al) Ninas and Denise Ashlin; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and a son-in-law, Luis Bonilla.


A gathering of friends and family will be held Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carolyn and family. Love from the Schranz Family

  2. Phillip VANDE Kolk Says: December 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed by friends and family. Gary was a great guy to be with, always full of fun. I will miss him. Praying for comfort to Carolyn and family.

  3. Bob and Karen Reiser Says: December 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Lisa we are so sorry to hear about your father. Bob & Karen Reiser

  4. Carri (Urdahl) Dorr Says: December 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Mr. Fish was a great teacher at our little country school. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

  5. Nancy Schumaker Says: December 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Dear Carolyn and family, we are so sorry to hear of Gary’s death. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

  6. Cindy Hutter Says: December 24, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Mr. Fish was my sixth grade teacher at Amity. He was kind and funny. He was my first male teacher and the first teacher who showed a sense of humor. He used to let my best friend and me sit under his desk and talk. Fond memories of a great teacher!

  7. Kathy Brown Says: December 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    So Sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher. He taught me and my siblings at Amity. I have only fun memories of him.

  8. Mimi Stevens & family Says: December 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Tracy, please receive our deepest sympathy for you and yours with the passing of your father. What a blessing he touched so many lives and could depart when all were scheduled to be together to celebrate Christmas. At this time/Christmas we celebrate, as the birth of Christ enables us to have Hope and we can only hope the timing can also be a reminder of and provide additional peace. With Much Love , The Stevens family

  9. Channing Wiersema Says: December 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    He was the best teacher I ever had at any level. I would not be a medical doctor today without his influence on my life. May he rest in peace.

  10. The Ainsworth Family Says: December 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I met your dad only once and was immediately struck by his fabulous smile and personality! Much love to the whole family during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  11. Jan (Moroni) Witt Says: December 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

    My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Gary Fish. My father, Ted Moroni loved the time he spent working with Gary and I have so many fond memories of 6th grade camp! He was such a fun loving, caring individual! My thoughts are with the family at this time.

  12. Our Condolence to the Family of Gary, we will keep you in our prayers. It was a honor to have had Gary as our friend and we thank God for all the good memories we hold dear in our hearts.

  13. Chuck Oppermann Says: December 26, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Dear Carolyn and family members,
    Kathy and I were so shocked to hear that Gary passed on. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    In Christ,
    Chuck and Kathy Oppermann

  14. Dan and Diane Prey Says: December 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Carolyn and family, we were saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. Our son, Cory, thought highly of him, as did we. He was Cory’s favorite teacher. We will always remember his wonderful smile and that special twinkle in his eyes. May you find comfort in the many fond memories you shared. God’s blessings.

  15. Lynn (Oppermann) Miller Says: December 27, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Ahh! Mr. Fish! I did so enjoy working with you at Amity School for all those years. You touched the lives of hundreds of students, their parents, and the rest of the staff. You were what helped make Amity such a close knit family in the community. I have stories that could last fur days! I valued you as a teaching peer and for your friendship! We had good times at school and outside of school! Prayers up for Carolyn and the kids, and the grandkids. May that smile, laugh, and great memories comfort them in the time to come.

  16. Cheryl & Steve Suhr Says: December 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Carolyn and family,
    Our deepest sympathies for the passing of Gary, he will be greatly missed. May our prays and thoughts be with you during this very difficult time.
    Cheryl and Steve Suhr

  17. Michelle Ehlts Says: December 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Carolyn and family
    My deepest sympathy. Gary was a great guy and will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this very difficult time. Michelle

  18. Joan, Bob, and Noelle Says: December 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Fish Family: So sorry to hear about passing of Gary. I hope your memories will help you during this difficult time. I will remember his smile and his jokes. My favorite is Gary saying that he never made it out of 6th grade. I always thought he must have been a great teacher! Special hugs to Carolyn and the Weis/nilla Family.

  19. Sorry sorry to hear about Gary. Whenever I would see he was always smiling and friendly.
    My prayers are with you

  20. Mr. Gary Fish was a cool teacher in middle school he will be missed by me my friends and his family I’m sorry for your guys loss from Diana Donovan

  21. Jeff Casper Says: December 28, 2017 at 1:23 am

    May the peace and
    Presence of God comfort his family.

  22. Ron & Donna Vande Kolk Says: December 28, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Dear Carolyn and family,
    So sadden to hear of Gary’s passing. It was an honor to call him our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  23. Erryl and Janet Fortun Says: December 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    We were so saddened to here of Gary passing. It was always fun to visit with him and Carolyn when they came to Westby. Our sincere Sympathy and Prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  24. Clyde & Donna Maxwell Says: January 1, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Dear Carolyn and family,

    As we watched Gary’s video we were focused on what a beautiful family and lifetime of memories were created. He was an extraordinary man ….. always willing to give to his students and his family…. and always with a smile on his face. He touched many and will not be forgotten. He was everyone’s gift from above. May you find peace and strength in the coming days. He was truly a wonderful person. Thinking of you, Clyde & Donna Maxwell

  25. Hiram & Sally Lund Says: February 25, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    After returning from our winter stay in Florida we heard the sad news of Gary’s passing. Gery was a friend and heavy weight wrestler on our team at Westby High School. It was a honor and pleasure to have been his coach. He will be missed as a good person and a friend.

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