Robert D. Fitch of Salem, Ill., formerly of Quincy, died Monday (July 22, 2013) in Doctors Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salem. Mr. Fitch was born in Quincy on Feb. 23, 1918, a son of C. Walding and Bernandean Vonderhaar Fitch. He married Gertrude Mazanek Braden on Nov. 18, 1972. She preceded him in death. Mr. Fitch was a member of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem. He was a retired U.S. Navy commander with 24 years of military service, including Navy Reserve duty. He also was a retired special agent of the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co. and had earned the professional titles of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) while living in St. Louis. He served as president of the St. Louis chapter of CPCU organization. He also served as president of the Illinois Capital Stock Fieldsmen's Insurance organization. For 20 years, he taught adult evening insurance classes at the Insurance Center of St. Louis, Belleville Area College, John Logan College and Rend Lake College. He was a veteran of World War II and was a member of American Legion Post No. 128 of Salem, the Southwest Illinois Chapter of the Retired Officers Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1233 of Salem. Mr. Fitch was a life member of Salem Elks Lodge No. 1678, Salem Lions Club, St. Theresa Knights of Columbus, and Honorable Order of Blue Goose International. He was a graduate of Quincy College in Quincy. He was quarterback on the 1935 Quincy High School football team that was inducted in 1991 into the Quincy High School Sports Hall of Fame as the school's only undefeated and untied football team. He served as Scoutmaster of a troop sponsored by the Quincy Police Department. Survivors include three stepdaughters, Sylvia Hester and Kathy Matthews of Salem, and Margaret Braden of Louisville, Ky.; one stepson, Rod Braden of South America; three stepgrandchildren; and five nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers. SERVICES: noon Thursday in St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Zwilling conducting. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem with military honors accorded at the graveside by the Salem American Legion Post 128. VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Rankin Funeral Home, 301 N. Broadway Ave., Salem. There will be a Knights of Columbus prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Donors choice. ARRANGEMENTS: Rankin Funeral Home, Salem.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 24 to July 26, 2013