Benjamin Edward Fisher, 17, of Stillwater, OK, joined his Savior in glory on Friday, December 06, 2013 when a gun misfired in his hands. Family will greet friends from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 13 at Countryside Baptist Church, also in Stillwater with Reverend Noah M. Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at South Marshall Cemetery in Logan County. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements
Ben was born on March 22, 1996 in Champaign, Illinois to Dan and Lisa Fisher. In 1999, he moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his family where he was home schooled through high school, taking additional classes from Sunnybrook Christian School, The Potter’s School, and Harmon Learning Services. As a senior in high school in the fall of 2013, Ben enrolled concurrently in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He was an active member and Cadet 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol, a leader in a local FIRST Robotics team and a member of the Stillwater Honor Choir.
As a baptized and communicant member of Enid Reformed Church (RPCNA), Ben actively participated in the regular worship and service of the church. He held strong convictions of the truth of God’s word and his own deep assurance of the sovereignty of God and the love of Jesus Christ. A young man with many plans and ambitions, Ben’s hope of glory and eternity with Jesus remained preeminent.
Ben is survived by his parents, Dan and Lisa Fisher (Stillwater, OK); five sisters, Elizabeth, Ruth, Danielle, Christa Fisher and Anna (Daniel) Graham; two brothers, Greg and Calvin; and his grandmothers, Christine Fisher (Quincy, IL) and Gladys True (Hickory Corners, MI). He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, George Fisher (Joliet, IL) and Marshall True (Homewood, IL).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of three organizations Ben loved: his church (RP Midwest Presbytery, c/o Enid Reformed Church, PO Box 6132, Enid, OK 73702, designate Builders Fund), his robotics Team (Thunderstorm Robotics, c/o Strode Funeral Home, 610 S Duncan St, Stillwater, OK 74074) and his Civil Air Patrol Squadron (Civil Air Patrol/Stillwater Squadron, c/o Strode Funeral Home, 610 S. Duncan St, Stillwater, OK 74074). ***End of Obituary***
Ben was a dedicated member of our team and will be greatly missed. His contribution of hours and ideas to the team was a tremendous blessing. He was a 17 year old young man who enjoyed life, working on mechanical things, playing airsoft, Civil Air Patrol, organizing my shop, and barking orders at all who would listen. He was fun to be with and one of the few young persons whose work ethic I admire. However, I believe his most notable contribution and gift to us was that he live his life in such a way that there is absolutely no doubt he is in heaven right now. We don’t have to guess. His profession and faith in Jesus Christ was live out daily before us. He wasn’t one of the shallow Christians whose faith never seems to make a visible difference. Yes, he had difficulties and frustrations, but his love for Jesus, his family and church, and us was abundantly evident. And that visible love is what makes this difficult time bearable. “Thank you Ben for making or lives and this heartbreaking time better by living your faith.”
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. PS 37:23
I think we all should take a lesson from Ben and rededicate our lives and show Christ to those around us. I think if Ben had a message for is it would be to live, Live, LIVE for Christ. If you don’t know where you would spend eternity, get that settled today. (contact me I’ll show you how) If you do know Christ and have your eternity settled, live like it and let others know. That “well live faith” is invaluable to those who love you in a time like this.