Hans H. Fischer, JD

June 28, 1935 - March 30, 2021
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Born in 1935 in Heidelberg, Germany, Hans was the son of the late Gustav and Anna E. (Ehret) Fischer.

Hans started an extensive educational journey which began at the Gymnasium, receiving the Abitur Diploma, continuing with studies in law, and graduation from the University of Heidelberg. Em…

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Born in 1935 in Heidelberg, Germany, Hans was the son of the late Gustav and Anna E. (Ehret) Fischer.

Hans started an extensive educational journey which began at the Gymnasium, receiving the Abitur Diploma, continuing with studies in law, and graduation from the University of Heidelberg. Embracing a student exchange opportunity, he earned and received an MA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. Following graduation, Hans returned home continuing the practice of law.  An opportunity to expand his horizon as legal counsel for the German-French Chamber of Commerce in Paris, later as counsel for a joint venture with Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell provided an opportunity to further his education.  He received his first Juris Doctorate at the University of Basil Switzerland and continued with the oil companies for ten years.  Embracing further international opportunities, Hans accepted a position with BF Goodrich in Akron in 1974, during which time he received a second JD degree from the University of Akron.  He concluded his work in Akron, relocating to Columbus and served the Borden Company as International Corporate Attorney retiring in 1999.

During the years of employment in Ohio, Hans became intrigued with Zoar Village, and its Germanic legacy, purchasing in 1984 the last residence constructed in the village, which was built in 1897, by the Society as a getaway, which became his permanent residence in 2001.

Hans was a unique person professionally, possessing an extra-ordinary aptitude for international business and legal matters, with a true passion for those relating to Asia, and was held in highest regard by advocates, opponents and peers.

On a personal level, Hans loved nothing more than entertaining to the music of the Alliance String Quartet, often engaging them for appearances in the village. His culinary skills are legendary, known for his sauerbraten and dumplings, onion tart, apfelkuchen and formidable wines and liquors.  An evening at the Fischer table was a return to mores of a time fleeting by. Those who graced the Gazebo were among the fortunate, enjoying the solace of the gardens enhanced by hors devours and wine.

Hans was a multi-term and current member of Zoar Village Council, who advocated to maintain Zoar’s status as a village, and embraced procedural mandates demanded of elected officials.

He was a member of the Ohio Bar Association and the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group.

He was an active member of the New Philadelphia Rotary Club and Rotary International, participating in missions to aid the underserved around the world. He maintained dual citizenship in Germany and the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in 2002.

Hans is survived by his brother, Dr. Joachim Fischer and sister-in-law Dr. Thora Fischer of Bad Abbach in Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany.  He is also survived by two nieces, special friends in Zoar, and countless friends around the world.

In addition to his parents, the love of his life Ulrike Knop, also preceded him in death.

In keeping with his wishes, a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 beginning at 4 PM in the Zoar United Church of Christ at Zoar, Ohio with Rev. Jill Lovett officiating. Hans will be buried alongside Ulrike in Zoar Cemetery at a later date, at which time there will be a celebration of the Life of Hans Fischer.

It was Hans’s wish that memorial contributions be made to the New Philadelphia Rotary New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

Due to COVID, safety precautions will be taken and all guests are required to wear a mask to enter the church.

Those who are unable to physically attend, may do so virtually on Facebook and be a part of the memorial in real time-live.


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Service Information

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm

Zoar United Church of Christ


142 5th St.
Zoar, OH 44697

Due to COVID, safety precautions will be taken and all guests are required to wear a mask to enter the church.
Those who are unable to physically attend, may do so virtually on Facebook.

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Zoar Cemetery



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Hans will be buried alongside Ulrike in Zoar Cemetery at a later date.

Donation Information

New Philadelphia Rotary Club

PO Box 331
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: June 28, 1935
December 25, 2010
A wonderfull Christmas with my dear “Onkel” Hans in Iceland
A wonderfull Christmas with my dear “Onkel” Hans in Iceland
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June 28, 2015
Memories of my older brother Hans Hartmut
Memories of my older brother Hans Hartmut
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February 1, 2018
Hans Fischer bei meinem 85. Geburtstag in Baden-Baden
Hans Fischer bei meinem 85. Geburtstag in Baden-Baden
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Died: March 30, 2021

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Joachim Fischer posted on 4/13/21

In Memory of Hans Hartmut It is to our chagrin that my wife Thora, our daughter Ninu and I myself are unable to attend this memorial service due to travel difficulties. We therefore wish to convey a few thoughts to the congregation assembled here. My brother Hans was very dear to all of us and his passing away leaves a deep gap in my, in our being. Never again will I be referred to as “my little brother”, never again will Thora refer to him as “Hans litli”, Icelandic for “little Hans”. Never again will we hear him speak about our daughter Ninu, our son-in-law Robin and his two grand-nieces and two grand-nephews with the deep affection he showed, where ever he met them and whenever we spoke about them on the telephone. During his personal encounters with our grand children it became crystal clear, that he could so easily connect to young people and it is therefore very sad, that he never had his own children. He would have been a really dedicated, loving father as he was a lovely and loyal uncle, brother-in-law and brother. Apart from being with family and friends he loved most to travel, to go to concerts and listen to music and, last but not least, to eat good food and drink outstanding wine. In my younger years Hans and I had very little in common. The age difference, six years, in my early life was too much. But being a soccer aficionado I was proud at the time to have a talented and sought after defensive soccer player as an older brother. It was only after I started my studies at the University in Heidelberg, which also was his Alma Mater, that we got to know each other better and better and liked each other more and more. I remember vividly the day, when I received a substantial food package, filled with a lot of delicacies and beer cans, to support his “little brother” who lived on a rather restricted monthly budget. This package he paid from the very first salary he received when he began to work with one of the oil companies. Very memorable from these years was the wide range of friends and acquaintances he had from all around the world. American, Portuguese, Scottish, Columbian, Iranian, Hungarian, to just mention a few. Hans was instrumental in introducing Thora and I to various experiences in our life in his subtle but very convincing way. Two examples only I wish to mention here : Through him we discovered, unfortunately rather late in life, the sport of golf which he himself used to like very much but stopped playing as he had so many other interests. For us golf was at that time a boring pensioners sport. He convinced us to come with him to Florida and attend a golf school for one week. After this week, he said, we would know whether we wanted to continue or not. We continued wholeheartedly and during the years thereafter we enjoyed many rounds with him in the USA, in England and in Iceland. Some years ago Thora and I decided, that we wanted to learn Spanish. He encouraged us to seek a language school in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, which we did and ever since we are deeply in love with this southernmost province of Spain and its grand culture and incredible natural beauty. Speaking of Spain, in summer 2014, family and friends met in Spain near Valencia to celebrate Ninu’s 40th birthday. Hans came all the way from the US to be with us. During this visit we could all admire his language skills. And his present for his beloved, violin playing niece was his own violin, a very valuable, old instrument from a well known violin maker in Mittenwald, Bavaria, the violin making capital of Germany. He also made it all the way to Germany for my 75th birthday five years ago. Ninu had arranged this without telling me beforehand. You can all well imagine the great joy I felt when seeing him unexpectedly. He made it an important point to keep in close contact with numerous friends from life in Germany and Holland. I wish to conclude my feeble contribution in memory of my brother with a reminder of his 80th birthday in 2015, which we together celebrated with family and many, many friends, high above Karlsruhe, Hans’ and my home town, on the Turmberg hill. Some of these friends he had known for more than 65 years. He had ordered a carefully set together five course meal accompanied by first class wines from our region in a Michelin star rated restaurant. After dinner Ninu played for him on the violin she had received from him the song so beautifully performed by Joan Baez, “Plaisir d’Amour”, “The Joys of Love”. The last verse, a bit modified by me, is as follows : And now he is gone like a dream that fades into dawn But his soul stays locked in our heart strings Our Hans loved us ….. and we loved him


Mary Locy posted on 4/6/21

My deepest sympathy for the family of Hans Fischer and for his Zoar family. Hans was such a nice man and so involved in his community. He will be deeply missed by all of us.


Wolfgang posted on 4/6/21

Es war eine sehr schöne Zeit mit Dir und Uli , in unserem Amerika Urlaub 2007. Auch die vielen Treffen in Deutschland sind für uns unvergesslich. Wir denken immer an Dich, Ruhe in Frieden. Christel und Wolfgang


Belinda Murel (Alaska) posted on 4/6/21

Hans and my husband Andrew became friends at GelTech, and from there many warm memories began. When Ulrike became part of his life they joined us at one point living nearby in Issaquah WA. So many wonderful meals, hikes, and happy times shared. We had the pleasure of visiting them in Zoar with our young sons in tow and dining in the garden. I learned to appreciate good wine and a truly beautiful salad from Hans. His had a rare and gentle spirit with kind humor. It has been said the measure of our lives is the impact on the ones we leave behind. In that, he was a great man. We will miss him. Rest in Peace, Hans.


Gail E Garbrandt posted on 4/6/21

Hans you were such a bright spot in Zoar and around the world. We will miss you greatly and remember you fondly.


Rick Green posted on 4/5/21

My extraordinary and unique friend Hans Fischer. Hans opened my eyes to a learned, cultured and cosmopolitan existence and lifestyle that I admired and by which I was inspired. Alongside all that, Hans' life also instructed me to try to live simply and economically--not all things are needed or created equal. We were Borden law colleagues and when I lost my job, Hans looked past the stigma and embraced me, and we became fast friends forever. I will never forget that gesture. Later, I lived vicariously through Hans' bucolic life in Zoar, which he so loved, made more bucolic (and romantic!) by the lovely Ulrike. I thank Hans for all of his influences, kindnesses, inclusion, and gestures. I will miss him dearly.


Helene Perfors posted on 4/5/21

Hans and I met on his repeated visits at my Rotary Club in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We became firm friends. When his love Ulrike passed away, I had the honour to lead her funeral service. Though we didn't see/speak each other much in the past couple of years, I have warm memories of Hans; the way he used to speak in English (funnily enough, though I speak German, we mostly conversed in English), his interest in anything I could come up with ;-) and his very friendly smile. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends.


Melville Few posted on 4/5/21

No matter how many difficult negotiations we encountered in many tough transactions, Hans always retained his professional approach and only revealed his personal observations when we shared a beer and dinner in the evenings. A true professional in all respects. I miss our frequent catch ups when we both became involved in local politics. RIP


Linda Donant posted on 4/5/21

So sorry to hear of Hans passing. For the few years I had the honor of knowing him, he was a generous man and enjoyed the beautiful Zoar village and his special friends there. His contribution to the community will be greatly missed. Peace to you friend.


Günther Reiß, Baden-Baden (D) posted on 4/5/21

Hans, mein lieber Schulfreund, Ruhe in Frieden.


Babette & Jeffrey Babione posted on 4/5/21

To Our Wonderful Friend, Hans ~ a Truly Unique Personality! So many great memories of Borden, then after. May You and Ulrike Enjoy Your Eternal Life Together. Sympathies, Love and Prayers to Your Wonderful Family.


Charles L Kirchner posted on 4/4/21

I enjoyed working with Hans as he was very knowledgeable and always a gentlemen. I am sure many will miss him, as so will I. I look forward to seeing him again someday.


Peter Harris posted on 4/3/21

To Hans, in memory of a person who became a friend as much as a colleague during the years we shared at Borden Inc. My sympathies to those he leaves behind, and may you all take comfort in the many happy memories of a truly good man.


Christine Ashby posted on 4/3/21

what an event the concerts of the Alliance String Quartet were, as he liked to host them at his home or at a Zoar meadow. His entertainment generosity was boundless and will be remembered for a long time. North Eastern Ohio has lost an irreplaceable asset. Mein tiefstes Beileid für die Familie, Christine Ashby


Gertrud Busch posted on 4/2/21

Hans, requiescas in pace.


Judy & Charles Meiser posted on 4/2/21

We will miss you Hans. You were my rock, as we served on Village Council Together, as you cared about Zoar so much and worked for the good of our community. You became a wonderful friend to Chuck and I and our Family. Thank you for being a part of our lives, We send Sincere Sympathy and Prayers to your dear brother in Germany. Also to your Zoar Family and Friends. RIP Dear Friend.


Michael David Austing posted on 4/2/21

Ruhe in Frieden