Richard and Linda Fisher

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wayne Fisher of Fisher-town celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.

They were married Dec. 20, 1969, at the Alum Bank United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Charles F. Rhodes, stepfather of the bride. Mrs. Fisher is the former Linda Marie Woodle.

She is the daughter of the late William Guy Woodle and the late Geraldine Marie (Corbin) Woodle, who resided in Mapleton Depot.

Linda graduated from the Captain Jack High School in Mount Union in 1965 and from Shippensburg State College in March 1969 with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education (mathematics). She started her graduate studies at Shippensburg that March. She then continued her graduate studies that summer with a special six weeks course offered by Shippensburg to study while traveling throughout seven European countries.

In September 1969, Linda started her elementary education teaching career at the Central Elementary School in the Chestnut Ridge School District, Fishertown.

She received her first master’s degree in elementary education from Shippensburg in 1970 after completing her first year teaching third grade.

Throughout Linda’s teaching career, she continued her graduate work at various universities. At Shippensburg University in 1980 she received her second master’s degree in reading as a reading specialist. Linda loved teaching children in the classroom and as a reading specialist for a total of 40 years at Chestnut Ridge from September 1969 until she retired in June 2009.

Richard is the son of the late Paul B. Fisher and Ruth Madeline (Law) Fisher of Manns Choice. He graduated in 1958 from Bedford High School. Dick began his college career at Juniata College, Huntingdon. He transferred to Indiana State College, Indiana, Pa., and earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1964. He earned his master of education degree in comprehensive social studies in 1972 at Indiana. He started his teaching career at Chestnut Ridge High School in Fishertown in September 1964. He taught American history, ancient civilizations, and world cultures for 38 years until his retirement in June 2002.

During his career at Chestnut Ridge, Richard was very involved in the athletic program. He served as head varsity football coach from 1965 to 1970 and again in 1977 and 1978. He also served as head varsity baseball coach from 1965 to 1970. In September 1970 he became the director of athletics at Chestnut Ridge and served for 35 years until retirement in June 2005. He served on several state and district athletic committees and was honored as State Athletic Director of the Year in 1994 and the National Athletic Director’s Award of Merit in 2001. He was elected to the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. His 1966 and 1967 football teams were inducted into the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.

The couple have been members of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Fishertown Charge, ever since their engagement. They both have supported church activities and missions and have held many leadership positions at their church.

They have enjoyed traveling together to many states. Their favorite trip was going to Hawaii for five weeks. Each spring, for a week, they have enjoyed going to Christian music concerts and hearing special guest preachers’ sermons at “Singing in the Sun” in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Recently they revisited Williamsburg, Va., to remember their honeymoon trip there in December 1969.

Cards can be sent to the couple at P.O. Box 84, Fishertown, PA 15539.


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