Employees: Slain St. Charles businessman had 'all-consuming passion for power and precision'

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Bryan Fisher Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Charles Moose Lodge, 166 West 11th St. The memorial is open to the public.

ST. CHARLES — A memorial service for Bryan A. Fisher, the owner of Excel Manufacturing in St. Charles will be Thursday in St. Charles.

Fisher was shot and killed May 29 in his home in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Police continue to investigate his death and several others. A man suspected of killing Fisher and others later killed himself.

Employees at the company remember him as a man who "possessed an all-consuming passion for power and precision which manifested itself through airplanes, cigarette boats, Ducati motorcycles and scary fast sports cars," according to a statement issued Monday by Fisher's baler manufacturing company.

"That same passion guided his equipment designs and broke the industry mold, showing owners they could expect more of their baling equipment," the statement says.


Police say Fisher, 46, was killed by Trace Maxwell, 40, of Minneapolis, who reportedly shot three others before killing himself.

According to the Star Tribune, Maxwell had a dispute with Fisher several months ago after Maxwell learned that Fisher was dating his ex-girlfriend. Fisher also complained to police.

Employees at Excel Manufacturing fondly remember Fisher for his management style. He was said to have recruited good talent, shared his vision and got out of the way, the statement said.

He and a partner founded the company, which is the third largest employer in St. Charles, in 1991. Fisher spent the last five years semi-retired, flying his amphibious float plane and most recently earning his helicopter license.

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