Robert "Bob" Edward Fish
Robert "Bob" Edward Fish passed away in the loving arms of his wife on Friday, June 20, 2008 at his home, at the age of 59. Bob was born into the loving arms of Leo and Carol (nee Wettengel) Fish on April 21, 1949 in Líanse, Mich.
A funeral service in honor of Bob will be held at 6 p.m. on June 26 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095; (262) 338-2050). Friends and family may visit at the funeral home on Thursday, from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 27, at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery in Cedarburg.
Bob was raised in Cedarburg, attended and graduated from Cedarburg High School where he excelled in basketball. In 1969, he was drafted into the U.S. 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, Bob 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. 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.
Bobís 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 also enjoyed traveling and easily made friends wherever he traveled.
Bob touched the lives of many; and his kindness was never ending during peopleís 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 Justice, Versailles, Kyle, Jamie, Jenna and Zachary; and sister-in-law, Ria King. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friends Ike, Brody and Savanah.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Laurel (Paul) Demler; and his good friend, Wayne Carlson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bobís favorite charity, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer), 10000 Innovation Drive, Suite 135, Milwaukee, WI 53226, are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit the Web site www.phillipfuneralhome.com.