William "Bill" Fisher

May 31, 1936 - January 16, 2022



Live Stream – Masonic Rites Ceremony

Live Stream – Memorial Service

William (Bill) Fisher, age 85, formerly of Cherry Valley, IL passed away peacefully in his Ft. Myers, FL home on Sunday, January 16th, 2022.

Bill was born in Rockford, IL on May 31,1936. He graduated from Rockford East High School in 1954. Bill went on to be a well recognized business owner in Rockford, IL, as the founder of Fisher’s Appliance and TV Centers. He grew Fisher’s to 10 stores, with hundreds of employees and became a household name in Northern Illinois. He won the Forward Rockford Award, Illinois Retailer of the Year, National Merchandiser of the Year, and National Retailer of the Year. Throughout his working years, Bill spent time serving in dozens of advisory roles for retail associations, most notably as Board Member, Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board for NARDA. He was also a Board Member, Vice President, and President of MARTA. He was the longest seated Board Member in history for both organizations.

Bill also served his local community in dozens of capacities, including board positions with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Memorial Hospital Foundation, Northern Illinois Epilepsy Association, The Valley Bank of Illinois, Alpine Bank, Cherry Valley School District 205, and the Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago. He was a Commissioner for the Winnebago County Police Department, a long time Shriner, and served as “Member of the Divan”, Potentate, and Past Potentate for the Tebala Shrine in Rockford, IL.

Bill always had a heart to help others less fortunate, and those who knew him were lucky to witness firsthand his countless acts of generosity and charity to others. As an avid pilot, Bill flew nearly 150 round trip flights to the Shriners Burn Hospital in Cincinnati.

Each flight was free transportation for a burn victim (and their family) in need of world class care.

Although he kept a busy schedule, Bill always made time for his family. He was known for his weekend family get togethers at his

home in Roscoe, IL, and he jumped at every opportunity to spend time with his Grandkids.

Bill is preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years Charlene Fisher, sister Jan Bauer, and Great Grandson Eli McHugh. He is survived by his brother John Fisher, his 4 children, Kevin Fisher, Lori (Fisher) Reyes, Jennifer (Fisher) Chamberlain, Kimberly (Fisher) Monson, his 11 Grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on January 27th at the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church 112 Cherry St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 at 3pm. Live stream of the service can be view on Bill’s obituary page at A visitation will be held on January 26th at Anderson Funeral Home 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 from 5-7pm., with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m.

The family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in lieu of flowers. They would also like to thank Bill’s girlfriend late in life, Donna, for the selfless care and love she provided during his final months and days.

Bill lived a remarkable life and leaves an amazing legacy. He wouldn’t have it any other way, because “THAT’S THE FISHER WAY”.

Service Schedule

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A visitation will be held on January 26th at Anderson Funeral Home 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 from 5-7pm., with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Cherry Valley United Methodist Church


A memorial service will be held on January 27th at the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church 112 Cherry St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 at 3pm.

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I remember working at Fishers through my high school and college years. It was always like family. I know he will be missed by all. He is now a guardian angel looking down and watching you!! Hugs to you all!!

Deanna Hendrix 2022-02-02T11:31:38

Bill RIP, it sure was great just to know you and chat with you. Heaven well surely welcome you.
Lee Johnston

Lee Johnston 2022-01-28T20:20:28

Thinking about all of you during this difficult time. Bill was quite a pillar in the community as well as in the family. I am so glad that we got to know him. I still remember visiting the store and probably bought my first VCR there! We will be sending a donation to the Shriners hospital in his memory.

Cathy & Tom Parsons 2022-01-27T13:16:44

Kevin, Lori, Kim, Jennifer,

The 20+ years I was part of the “Fisher Family” were the best!! I’ll never forget the parties, picnics, the boat rides and the trips with your mom and dad. I will be sending a donation to the Shriner’s hospital in your dad’s memory.
God grant you comfort and wrap you in love,

Cheryl Knighton 2022-01-27T11:47:14

My deepest sympathies to all of Bill’s family. He was an amazing man who never met a stranger and loved his family deeply. I always enjoyed being around him when I was younger. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Remember him fondly!!

Peggy McHugh 2022-01-26T19:02:08

Thinking of your family at this time and letting you know there has been a gift given th the Shriner’s Hospital in memory of your dad, grandpa, great grandpa.

Brian and Melanie Musselman 2022-01-26T12:23:22

So sorry to read of Bill’s passing, he was a good friend of my late husband, Bill & I.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Marcia Henneberry 2022-01-24T12:03:40

Dear Kevin and family, I am very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I was glad to have known him and worked for him at the Machesney Park service center. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Scott Webster 2022-01-21T12:30:58

I enjoyed serving with Bill on the NARDA Credit Union Board of Directors. We kept in contact over the phone and I enjoyed his sense of humor.

Dennis A. Fisher 2022-01-20T14:14:36

During the years we served together on the Board of Governors at Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago, Bill often spoke lovingly of his family. He was a good friend and a great Shriner.

Gordon J Husk 2022-01-20T12:20:27

I want to mention, having worked with Bill and John Fisher for several years, I always felt welcome and appreciated! I love this family! God bless you all!

Mitch Lamb 2022-01-19T21:22:39


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