Robert F. “Bob” Fisch, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa died Thursday, December 17, 2015, at Hawkeye Care Center.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. Jim Miller Celebrating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post 6.
Bob was born April 23, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Dominic and Mitilda (Datisman) Fisch. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during WW II. He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 40 years and was a member of Local 150. He also worked part time at the Fenlon Place Elevator and volunteered at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
He married Marian Schroeder July 5, 1943, at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on December 9, 1999.
Bob was involved in many things, and rarely took a break. He enjoyed watching the Dubuque Senior High School Girls Softball team and tried to catch as many games as possible.
He was a member of the Church of the Nativity, where he was active in choir, scouts, guild and Rosary Society. He served as Chairman of the Dubuque Housing Commission and Vice Chair of Dubuque Community Development Commission. He served on the board of directors of many boards, including Foster Grand Parents, Project Concern, Tri-State Independent Blind Society, where he served as Publicity Director, Chairman of River Valley Cap, Operation New View, Dubuque Regulatory Board and Dubuque Mental and Handicapped Board.
He also served as President of the West 11th Street Neighborhood Association, Board member and Secretary of the Historic Bluff Neighborhood Association, and was a member of the Neighborhood Council.
Bob was a member of American Association of Retired Persons and served as a team member for the 2nd district AARP/Vote, and AARP Community Council.
Bob was a member of the Democratic National Committee, Dubuque Democratic Party, Volunteer staff member for Sen. Tom Harkin and worked on the Senior Task Force, Dubuque Housing Coalition, the Consortium on Aging and Friends of the Community.
He is survived by his five children, Barbara (James) Psotka, Sharon (Richard) Johnston, Jo Ann (James) Hurley, Susan (Darrell) Tegeler and David (Kimberly Hagerty) Fisch; 13 grandchildren, Dawn, Tammy, Greg, Shannon, Tara, Richard Jr., Colin, Shawna, Casey, Kimberly, Kenneth Jr., Kurt and Michael; 22 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Fisch Jr.; a grandchild, Ryan Johnston; his parents; four brothers and their spouses, John and Ethel (Thompson) Fisch, James and Alice (Manning) Fisch, Wilbert and Mildred (Moore) Fisch and Albert and Rosella (Freiburger) Fisch. He is also preceded in death by five sisters, Marian May, Blanche Gagne and her husband Clarance, Marie Rose Fisch, Geneviere Kemps and her husband Henry, and Roselyn Moore and her husband Wesley.
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The family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kindness and care and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.