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FESSLER, Robert. (Dubuque, IA, Mar. 4, 1936--Asbury, IA, Jan. 13, 1999). In 1948 as an fifth grade student, Fessler won the city marbles tournament arranged by the city recreation commission and sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This qualified him to compete in the state tournament in Boone on May 15, 1948. Because he arrived fifteen minutes late due to bad weather, he was disqualified from play. Returning to Dubuque, he found on May 17th that the local post of the VFW had contacted government and army officials over the weekend. They had arranged for Robert to compete in the national competition at Salt Lake City in June as the representative of the army. He would also be flown to the competition by the U. S. Army air force. (1) Fessler went on to be the Iowa State Amateur Marble Champ and national runner-up.

Fessler attended LORAS ACADEMY and LORAS COLLEGE. He entered the Army and served with the Green Beret attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He retired from the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS in 1993 and worked at LORAS COLLEGE from 1995 to 1998. He was an assistant golf pro at Mendakota Country Club in the Twin Cities.



1. "Fessler to Fly in Army Plane," Telegraph-Herald, May 18, 1948, p. 4

2. Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, January 15, 1999, p. 20