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Robert Edward Fish

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Fish, Robert Edward "Bob" Age 59, passed away in the loving arms of his wife on Friday, June 20, 2008 at his home. Born into the loving arms of the late Leo and Carol (nee Wettengel) Fish on April 21, 1949 in L'anse, MI. Bob was raised in Cedarburg, WI attended and graduated from Cedarburg High School where he excelled in basketball. In 1969, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served proudly and honorably; serving a full tour of duty in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne division. After an honorable discharge, he began his career in the automobile industry. In June of 1981 he started Bob Fish Pontiac, Cadillac and GMC Truck; which later became Bob Fish Pontiac, Buick, GMC and Isuzu Truck and Bob Fish Truck and Equipment in West Bend, WI. Bob was known as a tremendous talented businessman who took time to teach and share his knowledge with not only his employees but anyone who was in need of his talents. His passion was to build and manufacture commercial trucks of all sizes. He was an originating board member of the national commercial dealer council where he served his fellow dealers and General Motors in the advancement of the commercial truck business for the last three years. Bob was also involved with the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers association and the Automobile Dealers of Metro Milwaukee. Bob was a very compassionate person who cared about the community and showed his compassion for children by his generous gifts to the MACC Fund, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washington County, the Washington County Fair Park and numerous other organizations. Bob's avocation was his everlasting fondness for racing. Bob helped start and create careers in short track racing. Most notably was his involvement with Slinger Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile. Bob was a tremendous outdoorsman who loved to pheasant and duck hunt; he also enjoyed fishing, golfing, and boating. Bob enjoyed traveling and easily made friends where ever he traveled. Bob touched the lives of many; and his kindness was never ending during people's time of need. Bob was a proud member of the West Bend Moose Lodge 1398, West Bend VFW Post # 1393, the Vietnam Veterans of America in Newburg, the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Chantelle (nee Kirshke); two adoring daughters Kristy (Todd) Weir and Ginny (fiancé Paul). He will also be missed by one loving grandson, Mitchell Robert Weir as well as extended family Lt. Shawn (Cheryl) Betten, Jadien Betten, Brooks Betten, Chantelle (Matthew) Betten and the little ones Justice, Versailles, Kyle, Jamie, Jenna and Zachary as well as a sister-in-law Ria King. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends Ike, Brody and Savanah. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Laurel (Paul) Demler and his good friend, Wayne Carlson. A Funeral Service in honor of Bob will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 6:00PM at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend, WI 53095). Friends and family may visit from 1:00PM until the time of service at 6:00PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery in Cedarburg at 2:00PM on Friday, June 27. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Bob's favorite charity, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) 10000 Innovation Dr. Suite 135 Milwaukee, WI 53226. The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family (262) 338-2050 www.phillipfuneralhome.com
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 23, 2008
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