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Get steamed in Brooks
It’s the fi nal weekend of The Great Oregon Steam-Up in
The Antique Powerland campus in Brooks opens at 7 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7.
Daily events include: a parade at 1:30 p.m., steam-powered
sawmill demonstrations and trolley tours of the perimeter.
Admission is $12 per person. Family passes are available for
$30. One of this year’s highlights is a steampunk art show.
For a full schedule, visit antiquepowerland.com.
August 24, 1937 – July 19, 2016
KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz
A: A large tractor rumbles through the Antique Powerland
campus. B: An operator checks a Fairbanks-Morris 80 horse-
power boring machine. C: Jim Fagan admires a Sieve-Grip
Merlin Fischer was born in left years. He battled through
Oregon City on Aug. 24, 1937, the treatments and beat that, too.
to Thelma and Ernest Fischer.
To his family, he was unbreak-
He attended West Linn High able and so his sudden passing
School and graduated from while working out at the Keizer
Oregon State University in Courthouse gym was quite a
1959 in Food Technol-
shock. He left a lot of
ogy. Known by many
5 a.m. friends behind at
as “The Berry King,”
Merlin was an icon in
He was a devoted
the food processing in-
husband of 54 years to
dustry, where he worked
Vivian. He leaves be-
his entire life. Even after
hind his brother, Dar-
he retired, he continued Merlin Fischer rell, his three children,
to be a consultant and
Scott (Becky) Fischer
mentor to others in the industry. of Longview, Wash., Erik (An-
Merlin was a generous, giv- gel) Fischer of Keizer and Heidi
ing, caring man. Not only for (Tom) Quinn of Lake Oswego,
his family and friends, but for and eight grandchildren – Jacob,
many he just met, or maybe nev- Jessica, Reilly, Kyle, Chloe, Bay-
er knew. He loved the game of lee, Noah and Tyler.
baseball and he knew the players
A Celebration of Life will be
on every major league baseball held at McNary Golf Course
Restaurant on September 10
Merlin was told at age 19 at 1 p.m. In lieu of fl owers, the
he had a faulty heart valve and family suggests memorial con-
would be lucky to live to age 30. tributions be made to the Union
He had a heart valve transplant Gospel Mission of Salem, a char-
at age 59. About a decade ago, ity that was near and dear to
he was diagnosed with a blood Merlin’s heart.
leukemia. His doctor suggested
For a more detailed tribute,
he might only have eight years please go to his Facebook page.
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