Robert D. "Bob" Fishel, 62, passed away at his home July 26, 2012 in Buhl, Idaho after a long battle with cancer. He was born January 10, 1950 in Caldwell, Idaho, and came to Alaska with his parents in 1959. He was raised in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1968. After graduation he completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. On his return from active duty, he worked for the State Department of Transportation and the City and Borough of Juneau doing engineering drafting.
Bob ?shed for many years in Southeast Alaska on his boat the Katrina Louise, trolling, long lining and gillnetting. He and his family moved to their farm in Idaho in 2003 where he started a construction business. He also designed and built unique, beautiful furniture. He loved his farm where he and Jeanette raised their own cows, sheep and turkeys, and had large vegetable gardens. Bob's specialty was growing heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers.
He is survived by his wife and companion of 40 years, Jeanette (Cook), son William, daughter Katrina Louise (Fishel) DeAlexandro, grandchildren; Aryanna and Jeremiah, sister Mary Ann (Fishel) Keyser and in-laws Morton and Lois Cook, Alfred Cook, and Kathy Jo (Cook) Purpura and George Purpura. His mother and father, Mary and Don Fishel, preceded him in death.
In accordance with his wishes there will not be a service. Condolences can be sent to the family at 1005 Clear Creek Drive, Buhl, ID 83316.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Aug. 2, 2012