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FISCH, Robert "Bob"

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FISCH, Robert "Bob." (Dubuque, IA, Apr. 21, 1921---Dubuque, IA, Dec. 17, 2015). The youngest of eight children of Dominic and Matilda (Datisman) Fisch, Robert attended MARSHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, JEFFERSON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, and DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. Graduating in 1941, he began work at the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY, married Marion (Schroeder) in 1942 at NATIVITY CHURCH and volunteered to enter the United States Air Force in WORLD WAR II. (1)

After returning from the service, Bob resumed his job at the Dubuque Packing Company. After his retirement, he worked part time at the FOURTH STREET ELEVATOR as the elevator operator. Bob was an active Dubuque Democratic Party volunteer and worked in Senator Tom Harkin's Dubuque office for many years. He was involved in many civic organizations; he was in the Choir at Nativity Church, Operation New View (River Valley CAP), the Meatcutters Union Local 150, Friends of Community, and the 11th Street Neighborhood Group, which he helped organize and lead. He volunteered for the City of Dubuque Housing Commission and served as its chairman. (2) He served as vie chair Community Development Commission. He started volunteering at the Foster Grandparent organization and eventually became Chairman of Foster Grandparent Board. Fisch also served on the board of directors of the Tri-State Independent Blind Society, Project Concern, Dubuque Mental Health and Handicapped, and Operation New View. (3)

He was inducted into the Dubuque County Democrats Hall of Fame in 2014.



1. Obituary, Telegraph Herald, December 19, 2015, p. 22

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Dubuque County Democrats Hall of Fame. Online: http://www.dbqdemocrats.org/about-us/hall-of-fame-inductees/