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April 20, 1955

Robert F. Fischer, a familiar figure in Mt. Vernon mercantile circles for 32 years prior to his retirement, whose skill as a butcher and meat processor was generally recognized, died peacefully at midnight last night at the home of his son, William H. Fischer, at 427 East Fifth street.


He would have been 83 years old on the coming June 6.


He had been ill of a coronary occlusion for the last six months and spent four weeks in St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville returning to the home of the son a month ago.


The deceased was a native of Essen, Germany.  His father, Henry Fischer, was a foreman of a mining firm.


In 1904, the late deceased and his wife and son came to America, residing a short time in St. Louis and Carmi, Ill, before coming to Mt. Vernon in 1906.


From a humble beginning he developed his meat market into a successful and profitable business, keeping step with innovations in butchering and meat processing and applying a full measure of industry, thrift and personal supervision to every department of his business.


His wife, nee Mary Schulte Fischer, died in 1914.


After 32 years in business on Main street he retired in 1938.


The body is at the Weisinger Funeral Home and will remain there until it is taken to St. Matthew's Catholic Church where Requiem High Mass will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Friday.  In the absence from the city of Father Raymond B. Smith, pastor of St. Matthew's Church, Father James Brune, pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church of New Harmony, will be the Mass celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Matthew's Church cemetery.  Friends are invited to call at the funeral home, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.


Surviving in addition to the son, who is manager of the meat department of Gerber's Super Market, are two grandsons, Robert T. Fischer and William J. Fischer, Mt. Vernon; a great granddaughter, and two brothers, Fred Fischer, Cairo, Ill, and Father Joseph Fischer, a Catholic priest stationed in Bavaria, Germany.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers