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Eugene C. Fisher, M.D.

He raised three college athletes, practiced medicine for half a century and played college basketball with Tom Osborne.

Dr. Eugene C. Fisher, 86, died on Aug. 9.

A longtime anesthesiologist at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Fisher was described by his son Todd Fisher as a great family man and a “strong, silent type.”

“You always knew you could rely on him,” his son said. “He had such a strong sense of the role of provider.”

Born and raised in St. Clair, Missouri, Fisher went to one year of college at Washington University in St. Louis before being drafted into the Army. After his time in the Army, Fisher transferred to Hastings College, where he played basketball — including one year with a freshman teammate named Tom Osborne — and baseball.

It was also at Hastings that Fisher met the love of his life, Sandra S. “Sue” Welch. The two married in 1955, and in 1960, the same year Fisher finished at the University of Nebraska-Medical Center, they welcomed their first child, Tenley. They would have two more in the coming decade.

All three Fisher children went on to play college sports, something Todd Fisher said his father always supported.

“You’d think he’d have a hard time juggling all our athletics, but he was always there,” his son said.

Other survivors include his wife, Sue, sons Tenley and Terry, and nine grandchildren. Services were Tuesday.

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