Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 22, 2014

Robert 'Bob' Gerald Fisher

TRAVERSE CITY — Robert G. Fisher, 98, of Traverse City, passed away May 20, 2014, at Munson Hospice House with his loving family by his side.

Robert was born on Aug. 14, 1915, in Traverse City, to the late Eugen and Isabel (Baatz) Fisher. Robert married Edna B. Bartlett on March 4, 1937, in Traverse City.

Robert honorably served in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1943.

He was a lifelong resident of Traverse City.

Robert and Edna started the Eastfield Shopping Center, which included Fishers Food Market and Beverage Store, Ben Franklin store and multiple other buildings which helped make up the shopping center. He also built the Buick garage and Skate World.

In his younger years Robert enjoyed traveling the United States and Canada. Together he and Edna “wore out” five motorhomes! He was a true outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.

Robert was a lifelong member of the Elks Club #323 and the Masonic Lodge #222.

Robert is survived by his son, William “Bill” E. (Sherry) Fisher, of Traverse City; granddaughter, Tracy Lee Mims and one great-grandson, Marshall W. Collins, both of Henderson,Texas; brother, Jerry (Betty) Fisher, of Interlochen; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnny, Dale, Don and Frank.

Funeral services will take place for Robert at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, where he will receive full military honors from VFW Cherryland Post #2780.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice House.

Please sign Robert’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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